Could you survive without a cell phone and instant messaging?

United States
February 1, 2007 12:06pm CST
I don't own a cell phone, don't need one, and will probably never have one. I don't like IM because it's about as annoying as having strangers call me on the phone. Can you survive without them? Why or why not?
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22 responses
• United States
14 Apr 07
thank you! that's exactly how i feel about it. i have friends who are always trying to get me to get messenger-i try to explain to them i don't like it,and they look at me like i'm a martian. when i was on AOL and trying to work online,i never got a moment's piece with it constantly booping. same deal with the cell-i'm not going to get one unless i absolutely have to.
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• United States
14 Apr 07
moment's peace i mean. wow..i need more coffee,sorry :)
@Wanderlaugh (1625)
• Australia
27 May 07
Er, um... I've never owned a cell phone, and really don't have a use for one. To me, they're just portable interruptions. I was on a course last week, and for some reason nobody said "Turn them off". So we were all regularly interrupted because some fool couldn't push a button. It seems that they're now accepted as essentials. I preferred it when they were real raving lunatics. As it is you just find out how banal people's relationships really are.
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@Swtrose (3399)
• Canada
24 May 07
I can survive without the cell phone as I don't own one and I could most likely survive without IM as lately I have messenger turned off, but I find messenger easier for some things. It is better than playing email tag if I'm busy. lol
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
9 May 07
A friend of mine got me a cell phone...but even though I do carry it with me, I hardly use it and would only do so in a dire emergency--it makes me laugh to see people yakking a storm on the street,as if the rest of us want to listen in their private conversation..and even though I do have instant messenger, I have that turned off...I do a lot of work in front of a computer and don't want to be interrupted --which is probably why I also have my message machine on 24/7--
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@azilanohj (286)
• Philippines
5 May 07
I think I can but it's hard. I have a cellphone but I hardly used it because I'm working and have no time using it. But it's a big help for us, we can communicate with all our friends and relatives. It's sometimes comes handy.
@skydancer (1834)
• United States
30 Apr 07
I have a cell phone, and hardly ever use it unless I am out - and that is if family and friends need to call me only. I could most definitely live without it; it wouldn't be a huge loss at this point in time of my life (or any time, really because I hate talking on the phone so much!) but I still wouldn't give the phone up without a fight! =) As for instant messenging, it wouldn't be a huge loss to give that up either because, again, I rarely use it. None of my friends use it so we pretty much only communicate either in person or through e-mail. I'm not much of a talker as you probably noticed!
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@natalie1981 (2000)
• Singapore
29 Apr 07
cell phone - my cell phone: dopod 818pro
I can survive without IM because I really don't use that a lot but I don't know if I could survive without cell phone. It's my only mode of communication with my boyfriend. He doesn't have a phone line in his apartment so we communicate through our cell phones. It's also my favorite past time. I could play lots of games with it when I'm bored so scratch the IM but leave my cell phone alone. LOL.
@Augustta (1860)
• Poland
14 Apr 07
Let us be clear! I can live without cellphone for sure...The only thing which is so important than i can't live without is my laptop!lol!! I have 2 computers in my home so you can imagine how much i am addicted to internet... ..as about cell phone i find them annyoing at maxim and often i close the phone when i am home...because when you feel more good someone need something from you(usual some idiot things...lol)
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@liranlgo (5749)
• Israel
12 Mar 07
i own a cell phone and i worked at a cell company and i can tell you the best thing is to get rid from the cell phone for a week in a month i always take one week that i do not use my cell phone and find myself very relexed i listen every after noon to the messeges and if it is an emergency i call back
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@juicebox (107)
• United States
10 Mar 07
I definitely could survive, although that once-in-a-while contacting with other people would be slightly difficult. AIM has gotten quite annoying and talking to people on it gets very much boring. The phone rings when I'm never around so that doesn't do me any good. I'm also not a fan at returning calls either.
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@lpetges (3037)
• United States
10 Mar 07
well i know that my children could not. i only use mine if i need it in an emergency, or when i'm traveling. i really don't like electronic gadgets, so i only know how to call and answer. if you leave me voicemail, i have to call my husband or kids and get step by step instructions on how to use it!
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@seamonkey (1981)
• Ireland
2 Mar 07
I could survive no problem at all. I only just finally got around to buying a cell this past December and mainly just so my kids' school could reach me if they get sick or need me to pick them up while I'm out. It's nice for peace of mind but I hardly ever use it. As for IM's, I'm in a different time zone than nearly anyone I would want to IM with so not much use for that,either.
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• United States
27 Feb 07
I'm personally annoyed by cell phones. Since when did the average joe get so important they HAVE to be able to be contacted at a whim? Kind of ridiculous, not to mention seems rude to me when people are talking on the phone at a dinner or as they're driving, etc. I have a pay as you go phone that I use ONLY for emergencies or to allow my kids to get me if I'm out, which isn't often. Or I give it to them to take with them so I can get ahold of them in the case of an emergency or they need to do the same. I could definitely live without both. LOL
• United States
2 Feb 07
I don't have a cell phone, and I don't turn my im programs on. I thought I would miss being so connected to everything, bu t I rather enjoy the peace.
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
5 Feb 07
I feel absolutely lost without my cell. I like for my childrens schools and my family to be able to reach me if they need to. Although I'm careful to follow proper phone call etiquette, I don't talk on my phone in restaurants, while trying to buy my groceries, while at the bank doing business, ect.... I will take calls from my children but will always excuse myself first, I will check to see if it is an emergency, most cases not, and tell them I will call them back. I always apoligize to the person that I was with for the interuption. I do remember back when there weren't cell phones, in fact I remember growing up, till about 11, without a house phone. Times change, circumstances change. I wouldn't give up my phone without a huge fight. Just my 2 cents. Goos luck to you here at mylot!
• Grand Junction, Colorado
5 Feb 07
Sorry forgot to address the IM, that I could take or leave. I through periods where I use it several times a week, then go months without it.
• United States
5 Feb 07
Beanie, thanks for the good wishes. I remember when we had three parties on one line, and you had to know the ring for each one so you didn't pick up your neighbor's calls.
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
5 Feb 07
Actually when I first moved to Califonia my grandmother had a party line. She only shared it with one other though, but I always thought it was annoying.
• United States
24 Oct 07
I do not use instant messaging. They can either call me or e-mail me. I do own a pre paid cell phone and use it only when I leave the house and then only for emergencies if my kids need to be in touch with me or if I break down. I don't feel the need to have some fancy cell phone and be in constant contact with people. I can survive just fine without instant messaging. The cell phone I use because several of my family have serious health issues and I want to be in contact if there is an emergency.
• Philippines
25 Aug 07
I have a cellphone and I use IM. But I can live without it. When I was in college I thought it was essential to my life. But when I started working and started travelling to places without a signal and electricity, I realized that these were not my appendage. I could live without them.
@snyker (134)
• Romania
24 Aug 07
Of course...i'm not addicted to this thinks..come on be serios..;)
@cherriemae (3375)
• Philippines
9 May 07
my cp/ N2650 - N2650 cellphone
i think i can survive without those things, like cellphones and computer..i live this world at first without those things..yes, it's important in our everyday lives but i think we can still survive..the important is we have food, shelter and water to drink, we can survive..but it's hard this time because we used to use this gadgets..
• Canada
13 Feb 07
I have a prepaid cell phone, though I almost never use it. Yes, I can very well survive without a cell phone. I find these devices to be very intrusive. Also, I use IM once every 6 months, roughly. It is funny to see many people checking if they got messages on their cells in a quasi-impulsive way. Whether we like it or not, we just became the slaves of our own technology.