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G7 summit meeting in Germany, 2015
G7 summit meeting in Germany, 2015

LOS ANGELES, California ( The Adobo Chronicles ) – Technology has definitely caught up with America’s new generation of teenagers. Or is it the other way around?

Today, the Field Poll released a new nationwide opinion survey involving 5,000 Americans throughout the country — aged 13 to 19 — asking them one open-ended question: “What do you know about the G7?”

The Field Poll, or the California Poll, was established in 1947 by Mervin Field and has operated continuously as an independent, non-partisan, media-sponsored public opinion news service. They cover a wide range of political and social topics.

An overwhelming 85% of respondents thought that G7 was Google’s new smart phone.

Only 5% correctly answered that the G7  was the seven-nation informal bloc of industrialized democracies that meet annually to discuss issues such us global economic governance, international security and energy policy. Even then, none of those who answered correctly could name all 7 countries — United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom.  The G7 has just concluded its 2015 summit meeting in the Bavarian Alps in Germany.

The remaining 10% of respondents did not venture to give any answer.

Because of the overwhelming numbers, the poll has a zero percent margin of error.

The last major poll of American teens was almost a decade ago. That survey found that as many  as 70% of young adults  could not locate Iran or Israel on the map.

Remember this 2007 Miss Teen USA moment?


Photo credit: ABS-CBN News
Photo credit: ABS-CBN News

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Pope Francis today celebrated his first mass in his 5-day visit to the Philippines. Attendance was limited to bishops, priests and clergy. (Public masses will be held at the Tacloban Airport and Rizal Park in Manila later this weekend.)

As the pope entered the church for the processional, hundreds of clicks and flashes greeted him, all coming from smart phones of priests and clergy in attendance.

During his homily, Francis admonished the crowd to give up worldy possessions, in accordance with their priestly vows. “Yes, and that would include your smart phones,” the pontiff said.

There was a eerie silence inside the church that one could almost hear a pin drop.

Asked whether he will heed the Pope’s advice, one of those in attendance, Father Damaso de la Cruz told The Adobo Chronicles, “Absolutely. But first I will have to download the photos I took of the Holy Father into my laptop computer.”


Smart phone cameras galore at a recent Philippines 'Royal Wedding'
Smart phone cameras galore at a recent Philippines ‘Royal Wedding’

Silicon Valley, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – The International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers (ISPWP) has filed a class-action law suit in San Francisco alleging that smart phone manufacturers like Apple, Nokia and Samsung have all but killed their profession and business.

There was a time when weddings were a profitable source of income for professional photographers and videographers, but all that has changed since smart phone companies started to manufacture and market their products that included high-resolution cameras and video recorders.

This situation couldn’t have been more evident than during the December 30 wedding of Philippine actress Marian Rivera and actor Dingdong Dantes, held in Quezon City (see photo) . Nevermind that it was labeled the “Wedding of the Century” and a “Royal Wedding;”  the couple decided not to hire a professional wedding photographer.  Instead, in their wedding invitation, they asked their invited guests to bring their smart phones and take as many pictures as they can and send them to the couple to put in their wedding album.

From all indications, it was by Philippine standards, a very expensive and extravagant wedding, but there was a zero bill for photography and videography.

The class-action suit is being watched very closely by wedding photographers all over the world.  It could mean the end of their profession or a big boost to their business.