How Long Can You Go Without Your Phone?

@just4him (85012)
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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@amadeo (43626)
• United States
25 Apr
I have to have mine.I do not used it much.The reason is we do not have an land line phone.That is why I have mine with me.
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@just4him (85012)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
25 Apr
It sounds like you only need to have it with you, but you aren't attached to it.
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@amadeo (43626)
• United States
25 Apr
@just4him No I am not attached to it.Your right
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@Corbin5 (73731)
• United States
25 Apr
I could go a very, very long time without my phone. I never liked talking on a phone, and I despise making phone calls. I take my cell phone with me when I drive in case of emergency.
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@just4him (85012)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
25 Apr
That's about it for me too.
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@Happy2BeMe (61804)
• Canada
25 Apr
@Corbin5 I am the same way when it comes to phones. I don't like talking in the phone and I hate having to make phone calls.
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@Corbin5 (73731)
• United States
25 Apr
@Happy2BeMe Oh good. Sometimes I think I am the oddest duck around, so thank you for also feeling the same way. Whew!
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@FayeHazel (9306)
• United States
25 Apr
Like you, I prefer my computer and I also do not own a smart phone
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@TRBRocks420 (58708)
• Banks, Oregon
25 Apr
I prefer my laptop most for mylot.
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@just4him (85012)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
25 Apr
I understand they are data hogs anyway. It's much better on the eyesight with a computer.
@just4him (85012)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
25 Apr
@TRBRocks420 Had one of those once. If all computers were like my laptop, I would still be writing by hand and going to the library for all my research.
@AmbiePam (44990)
• United States
25 Apr
I don't know that I would notice if my phone were gone. I don't have internet or anything on it, so pretty much I make calls or text.
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@just4him (85012)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
25 Apr
Sounds like you have one like mine - standard talk and text, nothing fancy.
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@just4him (85012)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
28 Apr
@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.
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@AmbiePam (44990)
• United States
29 Apr
@sueznewz2 (8899)
• Alicante, Spain
25 Apr
My phone is a smart phone... so I would miss it..but not for the phone side of things..but because of the internet and of course it has a camera... and the memo pad too lol...
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@just4him (85012)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
26 Apr
Phones used to be so uncomplicated.
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@sueznewz2 (8899)
• Alicante, Spain
26 Apr
@just4him. very true ...
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@Kandae11 (23293)
25 Apr
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.
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@just4him (85012)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
26 Apr
I'm glad you have it with you all the time then.
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@TRBRocks420 (58708)
• Banks, Oregon
25 Apr
I could go with out, but I would much rather have it than not.
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@just4him (85012)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
25 Apr
It is good to have when needed.
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@dragon54u (31281)
• United States
25 Apr
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.
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@just4him (85012)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
25 Apr
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.
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@fishtiger58 (29389)
• Momence, Illinois
26 Apr
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.
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@just4him (85012)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
26 Apr
Yes, that is crazy!
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@fishtiger58 (29389)
• Momence, Illinois
27 Apr
@just4him I think so too We don't even know what people look like anymore their faces are always looking down at phones. I just don't get that.
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@just4him (85012)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
28 Apr
@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.
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@theBlock (2471)
• United States
28 Apr
@just4him I-rather-have-my-computer-than-my-phone....I'm-not-a-phone-person----rather-talk-face-to-face
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@just4him (85012)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
28 Apr
Do you use Skype then? I have it but it's been a very long time since I used it.
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@theBlock (2471)
• United States
1 May
@just4him I-never-used-it,,but-I-will-soon
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@just4him (85012)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
2 May
@theBlock It's easy to use and a plus for face to face conversations, if your computer is set up for Skype that way. I can Skype, but I need a mic and my computer doesn't have the face to face.
@LadyDuck (112647)
• Switzerland
26 Apr
I use my landline phone every day to call my mother in Italy, my cellphone is near my handbag and it stays there most of the time. I can stay days without even looking at it.
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@just4him (85012)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
26 Apr
Good to know you have it in case it's needed. Same with me. It's usually in my handbag.
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@LadyDuck (112647)
• Switzerland
26 Apr
@just4him I want only be sure to have the phone with me when I am outside, because you never know.
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@just4him (85012)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
28 Apr
@LadyDuck You're right, you never know.
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@Happy2BeMe (61804)
• Canada
25 Apr
I don't even have a cell phone and have no desire to have one. My landline goes days without a call and even when it does ring it is usually a telemarketer.
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@just4him (85012)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
25 Apr
Don't you just hate that?
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@Happy2BeMe (61804)
• Canada
25 Apr
@just4him yes I sure do. I am not a phone person at all.
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@just4him (85012)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
26 Apr
@Happy2BeMe I'm not either. If I didn't need it, I wouldn't have it.
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@SIMPLYD (73806)
• Philippines
27 Apr
Here, we don't call through landlines anymore, but through cellphones. Landlines are usually used for business concerns only.
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@just4him (85012)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
28 Apr
I prefer my landline to the cellphone.
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@SIMPLYD (73806)
• Philippines
30 Apr
@just4him That's because a cellphone would be costly for calls, than a landline.
• Banks, Oregon
26 Apr
I use my phone alot now i have a really fun game i love to play, and i like to watch some of my shows on my phone, i also do mylot and facebook from my phone sometimes.
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@just4him (85012)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
26 Apr
You use it a lot.
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• Banks, Oregon
26 Apr
@just4him Yes i am guilty i use it to much
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@DianneN (54540)
• United States
25 Apr
Having a smartphone doesn't necessarily mean being on it 24/7!
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@just4him (85012)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
26 Apr
It's good to know, but I know some people who are.
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@DianneN (54540)
• United States
26 Apr
@just4him Oh, yes, there are many who overdo it. I'm sure they're conducting important business deals.
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@NJChicaa (25964)
• United States
25 Apr
I use my smartphone way more than my laptop... but I use it mostly for the internet--just like you use your computer.
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@just4him (85012)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
25 Apr
So always in your hands.
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@NJChicaa (25964)
• United States
25 Apr
@just4him or in my back pocket
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@jstory07 (55874)
• Roseburg, Oregon
26 Apr
I am not on my cell phone that much but I have to have the internet.
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@just4him (85012)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
26 Apr
I couldn't do he Internet from my phone. It would kill my eyes with that small of a screen.
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@lady1993 (13032)
• Philippines
26 Apr
not really i just use my phone to play games or read ebooks, or text when i am not at home. Usually i am just on the computer too if i am just at home, i can go without a phone forever.. i guess? No electricity is harder though
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@just4him (85012)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
26 Apr
No electricity would be impossible. It powers everything, including the computer. You use it for a lot of things except as a phone.
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@snowy22315 (31125)
• United States
26 Apr
I like my phone but I am not phone addicted. I do check it frequently, but if I don't have it it is not a crisis for me.
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@just4him (85012)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
26 Apr
Good to know. Since I took mine out of my purse with this phone situation going on, I've forgotten to take it with me when I leave the house and it wasn't even missed.
@shivamani10 (9366)
• Hyderabad, India
25 Apr
A very nice question Valerie. The cellphone and computer have become my limbs
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@just4him (85012)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
26 Apr
It's hard to do without technology.