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    Anyone here give up the cell phone? I lost mine recently, but immediately felt the lack of remorse and was greeted by relief. Aside from the early cancellation fees from my service provider, my cognitive function and morale are up about....30%. Testimonies, please.
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    I cannot say I have given up the cell phone, because I have never had one. I was given a blackberry at work for awhile, and used it primarily to check email, but they were taken away last year to reduce costs.
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    This has been the first month I've ever had a cell and that was because there are seldom payphones and Internet access anymore without. I have on purpose not gotten one before because I don't have a huge need for it and I think it would be easy to become lazy making plans, being present in the moment, thinking ahead, budgeting time etc if there is always a fallback there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fidelia View Post
    This has been the first month I've ever had a cell and that was because there are seldom payphones and Internet access anymore without. I have on purpose not gotten one before because I don't have a huge need for it and I think it would be easy to become lazy making plans, being present in the moment, thinking ahead, budgeting time etc if there is always a fallback there.
    I agree with your sentiments above.
    I didn't get a cellphone until I was 28 (when my wife was pregnant for the first time) - and since then have realized that until the day I die I must be reachable in the event my wife or kids needs me.
    That part of having a cellphone is cool with me; I want to available when needed for my loved ones.

    However, ALOT of cellphone calls are anything but emergencies - and that is when they feel like a "leash" instead of a useful communications tool.
    Finally, I am in disbelief each day as I see people walking through busy parking lots whilst gazing into their iPhones to check their FB statuses or other task far less important than not getting run over by a vehicle.

    I think that with the advent of smartphones especially, many people immediately jump into their 8 inch LED virtual life in between all else they do, whether it's standing in an elevator, walking through a hallway, sitting in traffic. My belief is that smartphones are quickly degrading people's social skills, first because they simply are not present in their immediate surroundings and thus not going to engage or receive in-person attempts at communicating with their friends/peers/neighbors/etc.. Second, I think that like any other skill, getting good socializing takes practice, and once you develop a skill, you must continue to practice it going forward lest your implementation of that skill degrades. How well can people solve algebra problems after not using algebra with any regularity after they pass their final exam? Weeks? Months? Not very long.

    So, I think that a human's consciousness should be far wider than an 8 inch LED screen, and thus only use my smartphone when absolutely necessary, and use all my other senses to enjoy the daily wonders in my life.



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    I have a very bare-bones old fashioned flip phone. No internet. I don't have any other way of being reached, so it kind of serves as my land line. I don't really talk on the phone much anyway, so it's fine for my uses.
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    I have a cell because i don't have a lan line. But If i don't feel like answering I'll leave it somewhere
    In no likes experiment.

    that is all

    i dunno what else to say so

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    Quote Originally Posted by gromit View Post
    I have a very bare-bones old fashioned flip phone. No internet. I don't have any other way of being reached, so it kind of serves as my land line. I don't really talk on the phone much anyway, so it's fine for my uses.
    ^This.


    I dislike on the onehand that it's always with me- and thus a tracking device for clingy people in my life, but I screen my calls, & almost never answer texts immediately, to reduce the expectation that I always will. I've had people in the past get really upset with me for not responding to texts asap. It gets really tiring, so if I can halt that kind of expectation in its tracks, all the better.

    I do tend to worry about people close to me in my life & want to be there to help whenever possible- so I don't often turn off my cell phone, for this reason. Example- my INTP friend's car broke down once, & because she assumed most people were sleeping, she didn't call anyone. She ended up getting a ride from some random dude in a truck, out in the middle of nowhere. Call me overprotective, I guess. I called her a retard & told her to call me from now on. If I couldn't get out there myself, I'd call/pay for a cab. It's worth my sleep getting disturbed, etc.


    I've had my number changed a few times over the years, and when I have, I've pared down the people who have it, so I don't really get many calls in general. That's how I prefer it. (I'm also off the grid in that I never had/never want a Facebook. The only ways to contact me are via email, my cell, & regular US Post, if I actually gave you my home address).

    I don't see myself needing a smartphone anytime now or in the near future. I don't feel like I need to have internet access 24/7. Seems like a waste of money, & that I'd miss the chance to explore some things on my own. My schedule & life demands aren't so tight that I can't spare the time to pause & research when I need to. Plan in advance. I love stopping at public libraries in new towns/cities, to figure out where I'm going, take a break, etc. My homes away from home.

    The only time owning a smartphone would have helped me was in the past 2 summers, when my shitpile zombie car would overheat super easily, had no AC.
    If there happened to be highway construction, or an accident- and my car was idling on the highway for a good stretch of time, I'd eventually overheat/break down. Or I'd make myself sick from having to run the heat to cool the engine, on a 90 degree humid day. Having access to Google Maps would've helped, since it shows just how far away you are from a new route- & would help me estimate if I'd be able to stay on the hwy, depending on how long the holdup was going to be. It would have quelled a lot of anxiety. Fortunately, @Edgar allowed me to randomly call in a panic like an idiot, harassing him to look this info up for me on his smartphone, when in extreme need, haha [/not being a NF hypocrite at all].

    Since this undead car's finally gone from my life, this is a nonissue, now. So, fuck smartphones, I still don't need them!
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    02/16 23:49:38 ygolo: Lex is afk
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    My iphone makes my life better. I love having a GPS with voice to give me directions so I never get lost anymore , all my music, my books, facebook, lists I make, the weather, parking so I don't have to keep change for meters, even a compass so I can see if I'm facing right for my kua! Oh, yeah, and there's a phone on it. I think I've used that once.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiltyred View Post
    My iphone makes my life better. I love having a GPS with voice to give me directions so I never get lost anymore , all my music, my books, facebook, lists I make, the weather, parking so I don't have to keep change for meters, even a compass so I can see if I'm facing right for my kua! Oh, yeah, and there's a phone on it. I think I've used that once.
    Ah man, I don't know how people use GPS.. A rental car I used once came with that; it nearly killed me! I found it more distracting than anything else. I seem to have a pretty decent internal GPS- like I rarely get lost, & if I do, I right myself rather easily. Having some voice tell me when to turn at what seems like the LAST moment, just makes me mad more than anything else. I feel like those things are spiteful. They don't want to help, but because it's their job.. they do. Kind of. I think they secretly want us to get in an accident.

    03/23 06:06:58 EcK: lex
    03/23 06:06:59 EcK: lex
    03/23 06:21:34 Nancynobullets: LEXXX *sacrifices a first born*
    03/23 06:21:53 Nancynobullets: We summon yooouuu
    03/23 06:29:07 Lexicon: I was sleeping!



    04/25 04:20:35 Patches: Don't listen to lex. She wants to birth a litter of kittens. She doesnt get to decide whats creepy

    02/16 23:49:38 ygolo: Lex is afk
    02/16 23:49:45 Cimarron: she's doing drugs with Jack

    03/05 19:27:41 Time: You can't make chat morbid. Lex does it naturally.

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    Hahahahaha! I love those commercials! But honestly, if you spin me around twice in my own back yard, I can't find my way home. I have zero sense of direction whatsoever, and that used to keep me from going places I hadn't been before. Now I go anywhere I want. I get warnings before turns -- it will tell me, "In 800 feet, turn right on X Street," then "In 400 feet, turn right on X Street," etc. until "Turn RIGHT!" Maybe it has to do with the settings?

    Also it's nice to be able to text when you're on the train, in the quiet car.

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