If you have a choice, would you rather not have a cellphone?

Philippines
January 6, 2009 8:21am CST
We all know that cellphones are more of a necessity nowadays rather than a luxury. Most, if not all, are so dependent in this small gadget that they can't live without it. But if I had a choice and if I could live my life conveniently without a cellphone, I would prefer not to have it. One, because I had been subjected to four robbery incidents because of it. And here in my country, many have already lost their lives because of it (though many lives were also saved because of it). Two, I miss writing letters. What about you? Can't you live without a cellphone?
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@aisaellis22 (6449)
• United States
6 Jan 09
hello theredquill! If I still have a choice, I would still choose to have a cellphone. Cellphone is very helpful to us. Although I agree with you that many have lost their lives because of cellphones, it still depends upon the person. I use my cellphone for business only and for some important matter. So I don't think my life would be easier again without cellphone.
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• Philippines
6 Jan 09
Yes, I agree that cellphones, like the newest technologies out there, have made life more convenient especially for business people like you. But I guess for me, I've had it when my life was threatened four times because of it. Different strokes for different folks, I guess. Cheers!
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• United States
6 Jan 09
It's sad to hear that you have that experience in cellphones. I hope you would be very careful next time.
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• Philippines
6 Jan 09
That's sweet of you aisaellis. Thanks. I am an extremely cautious person and you cannot see me texting or even holding my cellphone in public. But I still got robbed. Maybe it's what they call fate or whatever. LOL.
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• United States
7 Jan 09
A few years back I had to carry a pager and cell phone with me everywhere I went because of my job. I used have one of those pay $100 a year for activation then buy minutes as you need them. When I left my last job I no longer needed the pager, and I also found out that I hardly ever used the cell phone, so when my year was up, I had my phone shut off. I am free of electronic gadgets attached to my belt and my ear, and I am glad for it. I get along nicely without either of them. Although it would be nice to have a cheap cell phone in case of an emergency.
• Philippines
7 Jan 09
I'm all for a cheap basic cellphone too, only for emergency purposes. Hi-tech features no longer appeal to me.
@azeemjz (445)
• Pakistan
7 Jan 09
Without living a cell phone is possible for me but its is a need as you also mention it in your discussion. You can see that the cell phone can be used for many things like toinform the persons before time if we not want to meet with them or some time when we are in such a situtation where we need help, at that ocassion the cell phone is the only way to take us out of that problem. You have faced something wrong that is just because of your bad luck.
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• Philippines
7 Jan 09
"You have faced something wrong that is just because of your bad luck." Ouch! Too bad, I don't believe in luck, be it good or bad. Cheers, my friend.
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@munhozmib (3777)
• Sao Paulo, Brazil
7 Jan 09
Hello, theredquill. If I had the choice, I would not rather not have a cellphone. By this, I mean I wouldn't change anything. I'd still have mine, because, other than just a necessity, a cellphone can help you in an hour of need. What would be its substitute? None. Cellphone is something that is vital nowadays. Not for me, since I do not rely on it, but for many who work and need to get their companies running. For many employees that receive orders on what to do next. For many people who want to keep in touch with friends by sending them quick messages. A person will usually see the cellphone more often than their e-mail account. If you have a message, it will ring. It will let you know. But the e-mail account won't. Respectfully, Munhozmib.
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• Philippines
7 Jan 09
Hi munhozmib, I have learned to send SMS using my PC, and they're free! More reason not to have a cellphone, for me at least. LOL.
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@dropofrain (1168)
• India
7 Jan 09
I can very well live without a cellphone. I have lost my cellphone just some time back. So I have now learnt to live without one. I think people lived without cellphones in the past and everything was going on and on. So I think I can for sure live without the cellphone.
• Philippines
7 Jan 09
Kudos to you, my friend. I guess you have already perfected the art of detachment (from the cellphone, that is), which I've been trying to learn.
@bamrahkirti (1819)
• India
7 Jan 09
Cellphones have by far become the ultimate necessity.Life has become so dependent on these small gadgets that we can't imagine to walk out of the house without them.People are just a call away.The world has come closer and easily accessible. Everything used in excess has its porns and cons,it is not the fault of cellphones but of the persons who are using it.As knife can be both used for cutting an apple and neck.so it is not the fault of knife but of the person who is using it for wrong means.
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• Philippines
7 Jan 09
Point taken. Thanks, my friend.
• India
7 Jan 09
Hi, If i have a choice, i would rather choice to have a cellphone. Its actually very useful for us. I agree people have lost their lives due to it, but it depends upon person. I think one should not ignore using it, as it proves to be helpful, but one can always try to minimize its use. Then it can be both ways, you won't be addicted to it and you can take it advantage as well. Cheers..!!
• Philippines
7 Jan 09
I guess the trick there is to not let it control your life. Cheers!
• China
7 Jan 09
yeah i’d like the life when the cellphone haven’t step into ourlife before? the cost is really high in my location even regardless other cons of the cellphone useing?i also prefer to write and receive letter what write by hand ? it‘s precious to save but nowdays we exchange , contact, even love with short by cellphone? and del it sooner???
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• Philippines
7 Jan 09
LOL. I guess love has become hi-tech too, but hopefully not heartless. Yeah, and I miss writing and receiving handwritten messages, even postcards. I could not even remember the last time I received a traditional letter. Pity.
• Philippines
7 Jan 09
i cant live without my cellphone because since i am working abroad,i am away from my family and my boyfriend. and the most importatn thing is communication. i miss writing letters too. . . but ofcourse I cant have a chat with my family&bf if we are going to talk through letters. i understand how you feel when you had the robbery incidents,what i can advice is to use the old,cheap but handy and cute phones available in the market for you not too experience the robbery thing. God Bless!!
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• Philippines
7 Jan 09
Thanks for the advice, shalybhe. I am using a very basic and cheap phone now. Problem is I often forget to load it with credit, and most of the time I leave it at home. I guess I have learned to let go of it already.`
@Fortunata (1137)
• United States
6 Jan 09
I'm afraid for me, cell phones are a luxury, lol. I have a landline and even that is expensive, but, I use it also for internet. I could live without a cell phone. In fact, my husband was the one who got the cell phone. We've had it for six years. It's just a basic phone that doesn't take pictures or play music or text.
• Philippines
7 Jan 09
See how simple life can be. Cheers, Fortunata!
@agb610 (71)
6 Jan 09
I don't think I could live without my phone becasue I use it everyday. For texting/phoneing friends. Its a really good way of keeping in touch plus I think its much easier and quicker than writing a letter. Although you could use e-mail. So I think it is quite an important part in a lot of peoples lives
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• Philippines
7 Jan 09
As I've said, it all depends on how much value we put on our things. Different strokes for different folks. :-)
@agb610 (71)
6 Jan 09
I don't think I could live without my phone becasue I use it everyday. For texting/phoneing friends and its a really good way of keeping in touch. I have not been robbed of mine before and I hope it doesn't happen but I suppose it could happen to any of our gadgets.
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• Philippines
7 Jan 09
You have a good point there. It's just that in my case, it's cellphones. But I would rather lose my cellphone rather than my digicam and laptop---two things I can't do without.
• India
6 Jan 09
I hate it when those irritating service messages come when I'm enjoying a quiet walk with my girlfriend. My mood goes off when I go out with my girlfriend and my dad calls and asks where I'm. But I love my cell phone to contact her whenever I miss her. I love my cell phone when her network is not available and I can text her so that it gets delivered as soon as she is in network telling her I'm worried. Ya the robbery things go on around in my areas too but it only teaches me to take care of my things... As an answer to your question, I would say, I like my cell phone and I cant live without it but I wish I could switch it off without hurting anyone's feelings... Happy new year buddy...
• Philippines
7 Jan 09
Well, I can see you have not let your cellphone control your life. Two thumbs up for you, friend.
• India
6 Jan 09
I like cellphones. I would not choose a life without a cellphone. That is because firstly I am addicted to it, and secondly, I feel it's extreme necessity. But there is one thing I would like to avoid. The cell phone radiation. This electromagnetic radiation can kill thousands, and render more people sick. It can cause deadly tumors, and thus I want the new generation cell phones to reduce this risk.
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• Philippines
7 Jan 09
Wow, that is a brilliant idea! I hope them Nokia, SE, Samsung, MOtorola, etc. are reading this thread.
@gracie04 (4556)
• Philippines
6 Jan 09
I've had my first mobile phone when i was in 6th grade.. imagine, i've been using this small gadget for so many years and i don't think i can live without it.. it's a necessity nowadays..
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• Philippines
7 Jan 09
I understand that it's hard to let go of the things that's become an integral part of our life. In my case, I was forced to let them go. Such is life for me. :-)
@hotsummer (10309)
• Philippines
6 Jan 09
yeah i had same experience as you had. and so i wanted not to have cellphone if only i would not need it. i am not any more excited or happy having a cellphone as i did before when i had my new phone. now it seems like i can live without it and will not bother at all if i will not be able to hold a cellphone for a long time.
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• Philippines
7 Jan 09
I can totally relate and I undertstand how you feel, hotsummer. Cheers!
@vindiku (256)
• India
6 Jan 09
Hello there, it always depends from person to person and personal experience. Bascially, i would prefer to have a mobile phone always with me, the reason is, this particular gadget keeps me connected with my friends abroad, with my family when am out of home, and its now a days mobile even keep me relaxed via its music players and i can take picture of particular events that i have witnessed. If no mobile, i ll have to carry a player to listen to music and a camera to take pictures, and to communication i ll have to look for another option. So what do you think about that??
• Philippines
6 Jan 09
You have a good point, my friend. And I guess it all boils down to how much value one places on one particular gadget. I agree 100% that cellphones are really helpful and it's one of the best inventions of this century. In may case, though, I don't put much importance to it now unlike before, and you now why.
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@shreed_14 (460)
• India
6 Jan 09
I cannot imagine my life without a cellphone.I feel handicapped without it.If I do have a choice I will still have a cellphone. It is the only way I can stay in touch with all my school friends and also my parents as I have to stay away from home because my college is in another city.So,going without a cellphone for even a day will surely drive me mad.I really cannot afford to not have it.:)
• Philippines
6 Jan 09
For some, a cellphone is one of life's essentials and I totally understand that. But my negative attitude toward it stems from the terrible experiences I've had with it.
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• Philippines
7 Jan 09
well, yop, i would...cellphones are adding to my expenses now...
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@mikeysmom (2094)
• United States
7 Jan 09
i need my cell phone because we cancelled our land line to save money. i need to be reached in case the school needs to contact me when my son is in school when i am out and running errands and such. to me, at this point it is a necessity in my life. it is a lifeline so to speak.
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