How Long Can You Go Without Your Phone?
Green Bay, Wisconsin
April 25, 2017 5:08pm CST
I've been sitting here answering the comments on my 'Glitch' post and thought about the fact I really don't miss my phone. Since this all started on yesterday because I didn't know they changed my number on Sunday, it's been very quiet. I haven't missed it one tiny bit. Even my cell phone is quiet, just the way I like it. I don't have a smart phone, so I don't have it in my hand 24/7, nor do I sleep with it (I prefer sleeping unencumbered with technology), I even walked out of the apartment today without my cell phone. (I really shouldn't have as I had a hard time convincing my car to start. I think I know why it was traded, but it turned out okay. The wheel was locked, I just needed to move it and it freed up and everything was good. I don't need to remember to silence my cell phone when I go anywhere because it never makes a sound. Now I did alert everyone on FB which number to use because of all the trouble with my landline, but nope, nobody called, my phone just sits here like a rock on my desk. Now should it ring, I'll probably jump a foot, drop it before I answer it and then it will be a full ring before I say 'Hello'. So, how about you? How long can you go without your phone? Is it attached to your hand? Now, if it were my computer, that would be another story. Being without a computer for me would be tantamount to severe technological withdrawal. I can't be away from my Internet for very long. Too much of my life is bound up by it. Research for my books, interacting here on myLot, gaming, Facebook - but not all that often. Thanks for reading.
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• Green Bay, Wisconsin
@AmbiePam Yes it is, and some charge data fees and it doesn't take much to go over the data limits. I have a government phone and they recently added a data plan to it. However, with the phone they gave me, I can't use the data. I would get a limited amount of data free before they would charge me for it. No thanks. It's supposed to be free and that's how I intend to keep it.
I have my phone with me 24/7 - even in bed. There is a landline phone in the big family house - but not in my apartment which is next to the house. I live there alone and I need my phone for security reasons and daily calls to my mother who lives overseas. I also whatsApp , take pictures, make business calls with it -- and it has a list of some of my favorite music. I would feel trapped without my phone.
• United States
I would not miss my phone at all! Like you, all I have is a basic "dumb phone" that makes and receives calls and if I want to text it takes 5 minutes just to find the letters for "I'll be there at noon". It's like an old phone dial where each number has 3 letters. People think I'm rude when I just text back "thx" or "ok" till I explain to them. I don't get that many calls or texts anyway, thank goodness! Like you, when my phone does ring I jump to the ceiling! Even if I have it on vibrate, which I usually do. I frequently forget to take it with me but when I do I never, ever answer it while I am driving. For some reason I can't talk on the phone and drive at the same time. I would miss my computer! Since I don't get out much it's my newspaper, library, travel agent, just about everything that I enjoy. I travel through it, keep in touch with family far away, look things up that I'm curious about, and of course I have some games I like. I'm not a fan of social networking but I'm on Facebook a few times a week.
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
I think we have the same kind of cell phone. It takes me that long too to text. I gave up the last time and just called the person. It was faster. The most I was on FB this week was to alert family members about the phone - to use the cell versus the landline. We are very much alike with phone and computer habits.
• Momence, Illinois
I used to have a smartphone but hated it. Went back to a slide phone with a physical keyboard. And I can go forever without it. I swear it rings so seldom, I use it so seldom that I only charge it once a week. I know my son charges his smartphone twice a day. Crazy if you ask me.
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
@fishtiger58 True. When my kids were little you had to beg them to get off the phone as they spent hours at a time on it - talking. Now my same kids are the ones looking down at their phones and you don't see their faces unless they happen to look up at you and give you that blank look because you said something to them but they didn't hear you.