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post Oct 9 2015, 08:03 PM
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Hello BuzzJack. It's been a while, I know I shouldn't have kept you waiting but I'm here now

Just concluded a full week without any access to a mobile phone (at the very least as far as the calling and texting goes) and it's been an oddly liberating experience. Backstory: my phone got pickpocketed on the bus and so between reporting to the police, getting the reference to the insurance company and getting the sim working I've had a week of being phoneless.

So, could you live as I have done or do you think you are inescapably devoured by the technology monster?
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post Oct 9 2015, 08:06 PM
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omg LexC me too! Just spent a little over a week without a mobile phone because it broke and it DID feel strangely liberating!

However, I have a new one now and of course I'm happy about that too laugh.gif
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post Oct 9 2015, 08:11 PM
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A year ago when the phone I owned dated back to the stone age I would've said yes.

Now I have a smartphone (albeit a rather basic one compared to the big names) I'm not so sure, WhatsApp has become such a part of my daily life (tbf that's the only thing I use it for regularly but other bits come in handy at times).
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post Oct 9 2015, 08:16 PM
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Basically what Jack said! Before upgrading to a post-18th century phone I could have easily gone without one but I'm too accustomed to my iPhone now that I'd probably struggle without it. Mainly for Whatsapp as well. And being able to use the Internet when I'm not at home.
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post Oct 9 2015, 08:24 PM
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No, nay, never. It was refreshing for 2 weeks but I definately need it with me
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post Oct 9 2015, 08:25 PM
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I never used to really rely on my phone that much, I was the kind of person who wouldn't charge their phone for a week after it died at one point, but since the whole smartphone thing, It's became a bit of an extra limb, and I feel lost without it now. When my phones been off getting fixed on many occasions I've had to use a basic phone that only really lets me call or text and it was a nightmare not being able to play an app or go on the internet etc if I was waiting for a bus or something laugh.gif In saying that, if it came to it I probably could live without it, I could not deal without my laptop though drama.gif
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post Oct 9 2015, 08:25 PM
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NOPE

MY PHONE IS MY LIFE.
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post Oct 9 2015, 08:29 PM
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Nowadays, no, but I probably could live without one maybe 3/4 years ago
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post Oct 9 2015, 08:34 PM
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Well my email alerts/contacts/music is all on my phone (plus CITYMAPPER aka the God send app) so I can access them anywhere so I'd be inclined to say no, Thankfully, I've never lost my phone in the five years of having it and I intend for that continue!
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post Oct 9 2015, 08:37 PM
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The struggle has been real without having any internet data until 15th Oct, let alone no phone at all. I usually text/call/Whatsapp too much on a daily basis, I'd feel a lil bit weird without my phone. pre-2013 when I had an awful one is where the answer probably would've been different.
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post Oct 9 2015, 08:38 PM
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Absolutely not, I'm not as into the various social media PLATFORMS as others but I use it for music, games, messenger, whatsapp at least 4/5 hours a day so yeah it's pretty much an essential item.
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post Oct 9 2015, 08:45 PM
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probably, provided that my mobile phone (an iPhone) was replaced by an up to date iPod Touch so I could still listen to music and play apps on the go.
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post Oct 9 2015, 09:37 PM
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post Oct 9 2015, 09:40 PM
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I must be dead then laugh.gif

Email/home phone/other ways of communicating are sufficient enough for me. I'd be "very sad" to loose my laptop and all its associated data, including music especially, and of course the Internet.


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post Oct 10 2015, 02:55 AM
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I could just about manage without my phone. The longest I've gone is about six months when I broke it and waited ages to get it fixed, but my brother just let me use his phone, which is an option I wouldn't have now. I mostly use my phone to check the time anyway!
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post Oct 10 2015, 06:27 AM
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Probably not but I've been grounded more times than Lee talks about the Sats or Pixie combined so it's not like it makes a difference
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post Oct 10 2015, 08:22 AM
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Yes, I have never had a mobile and don't want one. However, I would go nuts without my laptop.
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post Oct 10 2015, 10:00 AM
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There's no way i could survive without my smartphone at all. I've had smartphones for like 5.5 years now so it's become normal for me to be able to carry the internet and social media around in my pocket.
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post Oct 10 2015, 08:02 PM
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I tried. I genuinely did.

Back in the early noughties when I started secondary school, everyone was getting one and quickly those black & white Nokias became the must-have gadget of the moment. Attempting to be cool, I'd boast about "not needing" one. If I wanna talk to people I can just use a landline, or send a letter, or just speak to them in person. Hell, even use MSN Messenger, I'd say. And so right through my secondary years I soon became the only person in the school who didn't own a phone. It led to a limited social life, but I didn't care - I'd refused to join this silly fad. I didn't need one. Right?

It got steadily harder through the decade. I'd meet people when out. They'd ask for my number. I'd sadly say I didn't have one. By about 2007 people thought I was either lying or just nuts. "You don't have a phone?" they'd exclaim. Deep down, by now, I knew if the day ever arrived, if life and technology genuinely got to the point where I couldn't survive without one, I'd never be able to live a day without a mobile again. But still I tried to resist. Tried to prove my own individual point that you could genuinely live a day to day life as people did for hundreds, indeed thousands of years without needing a little cellular gadget constantly in your pocket.

At the end of my first term at uni, with friendships forming and nights out being arranged all the time, I realised that, finally, this couldn't go on. The world had moved on. It was time for me to do the same. Turns out that my parents had kept a spare phone in a draw - by now a fairly ancient mid-noughties model already lagging behind the times - for me to use should I ever take the plunge. Which I finally did, just after midnight, on New Years Day 2009. I finally had a phone. And I've never been able to live a second without it since.

...and then the smartphone arrived, which is a whole other story tongue.gif
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post Oct 10 2015, 08:08 PM
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Probably. I like my iPhone now but I used to live with only a basic phone for so long that I could easily go back to that (which was letting the phone lose its charge all the time and never responding to calls), and while it's nice to have plenty of avenues to contact people and I'd miss that, I can survive without it.

Basically I'm an antisocial loner and so losing a phone wouldn't bother me. Too much.
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