Can you survive without your mobile phone?

@ayeeesha (1129)
Philippines
March 14, 2013 12:47pm CST
I have a friend who was phone-less for more than a month and she said the experience was liberating and refreshing. At first, she thought she's not going to last without her phone and to this day, she still doesn't want her phone to get fixed. She said can still be reached through other means so having no phone won't make a difference. Which makes me wonder, can I go phone-less like her? Can you survive, my fellow myLotters, without your mobile phone even for at least a day? Is your mobile phone really that important that you can't live without it?
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@dlr297 (5416)
• United States
14 Mar 13
Yes i can live without one....Because i do not even have one...And i do not wish to have one...
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@ayeeesha (1129)
• Philippines
21 Mar 13
Wow, really? No offense meant but you are one of the few people I heard who doesn't have a mobile phone (except for the younger kids, of course)
@dlr297 (5416)
• United States
21 Mar 13
Yes so i can not miss what i do not have... My kids keep trying to get me one...but i keep refusing...If anyone need to get a hold of me they can call the house phone, or get me on Facebook.... I feel that my time away from the house is when im doing something that needs done, or something that enjoy doing and i do not need the distraction of a phone attached to my hip.
@blackrusty (3522)
• Mexico
14 Mar 13
I live with out mine I never have it on unless I am out of my home and I am not one of the people that i have to text or have it to my ear all day long and with the link to cancer and cell phones no it stays off unless i leave home
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@ayeeesha (1129)
• Philippines
10 Apr 13
At least people can still contact you even when you're outside your house. It's easier to communicate through phones especially when internet connection is not available.
• Mexico
10 Apr 13
yes this is so true but there are times when i just want to throw it and breek it
@Raine38 (9515)
• United States
14 Mar 13
I don't think I can, because I am in another country and most of my family and friends are back in my home country. I have some friends and few relatives here but they are in another states that are hundreds of miles away from me. So communication in an instant, like the one that a mobile phone can provide is really very important to me.
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@ayeeesha (1129)
• Philippines
21 Mar 13
I think that mobile phone is still the primary tool for communication, especially when you live across the continent while your family is on the other side. It's easier because you don't need an internet connection to be able to make a call.
@sajujohn (1007)
• India
14 Mar 13
I don't think a I can. As you said even a single day without my mobile phone is hard to pass. Even though I can stay without calling anyone for 4-5 days but can't stop using the internet through my phone. As you mentioned it is really refreshing and relaxing when we don't have the mobile phone with us, no frustrating phone calls any more and will get some peace of mind. I do agree with that.
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@ayeeesha (1129)
• Philippines
21 Mar 13
The thing nowadays is that you can use your mobile phone to access the Internet. I also don't make a lot of calls and texts but I use my phone for Internet purposes since its less bulky compared to a laptop.
• United States
14 Mar 13
For me its not that the phone is important; its the people that call me that are important. I can't sleep unless I have heard my fiancee's voice at night. I would NEED to check up on my family back home because they mean so much to me. If things were like they used to be with me; living in a small town where every knew everyone, my fiancee and I were living together, and you didn't really need a phone to communicate with the ones you wanna talk to then yeah I could live without my phone for a while. I could probably do without the internet as well in that situation. But at this point I probably couldn't do it just because I live so far away from family.
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@ayeeesha (1129)
• Philippines
15 Mar 13
I agree with you there. Mobile phones are our primary source of communication, especially when it comes to talking to our family or loved ones. Can you just imagine if we're still doing the traditional way of writing letters to our family members, it will take days or weeks before they can even get the letter and respond to it. SO yes, I have to agree with you on that :)
@meumeu25 (917)
• United Arab Emirates
14 Mar 13
I will but my life will be so boring without it. Aside from it will keep me from keeping in touch with friends and relatives. Some of my recreation is through my phone. I have my books in it and games that I like to play. And most of all I also use my phone when I come to mylot and other online stuff since my computer is about to retire.
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@ayeeesha (1129)
• Philippines
8 Apr 13
Mobile phones these days are multi-functional and there's so much you can do with it compared to phones 10 years ago. I also find it convenient to surf the Internet through phone because at times, I'm too lazy to get my laptop :))
• India
14 Mar 13
no , i really cannot survive without my mobile phone it has become my body part now, call and text from the friends and so many other things , i really cant survive .
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@ayeeesha (1129)
• Philippines
10 Apr 13
Well some do get dependent on their phones, especially when everything they needed is there :) Plus, its easier to communicate through mobile phones.
@violann (437)
• United States
14 Mar 13
Well I survived a lot years without a mobile phone, simply because they didn't exist so I'm sure I could survivie without one now.
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@ayeeesha (1129)
• Philippines
15 Mar 13
Which is really ironic because back in the 90s, it is rare to find people who owns a mobile phone and we pretty much survived the day. But now, people are like so attached to their phones and claim they can't live without it.
• United States
14 Mar 13
Oh yes I can survive without my phone. Im not even using my phone alot. Yes it is important but if i dont have a phone that doesnt mean I wont survive.
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@ayeeesha (1129)
• Philippines
21 Mar 13
Some people, like you, can live with having no phone :) I think it really depends on the person because there are those whose phones are really important to them because they have all their contacts and schedules in there.
@AkamaruKei (5217)
• Malaysia
30 Mar 13
I cannot survive if I don't have a mobile phone. I use mobile phone to online and listen a music. I use my mobile phone to earn money online. I'm very sure my life will become more bored if I don't have mobile phone. I can survive without tv but I cannot survive without a mobile phone.
@ayeeesha (1129)
• Philippines
30 Mar 13
I understand :) mobile phones these days are multi-functional and more convenient to use especially when it comes to surfing the net.
• Malaysia
31 Mar 13
Yeah mobile phone right now it technology very near like.a desktop. We also can surf internet everywhere using mobile phone.
@ayeeesha (1129)
• Philippines
4 Apr 13
And you don't have to bring your laptop all the time, especially when you're just after surfing the net.
@sk66rc (4257)
• United States
14 Mar 13
I would definitely be able to on a personal level... But I do use the phone a lot for work purpose... I go through somewhere between 2,500 - 3,000 minutes of voice calls a month... And few thousand text messages... I used to check emails through my phone as well but since the change of position in my work, I got an iPad & data usage has gone down a lot... I still get somewhere between 4,000 - 5,000 emails a month... I don't think I went through a day without having less than going through 100 emails... Most of the communication from my work is done through phone calls & emails... So as for work, I don't think I can go through a day without my phone and/or my iPad...
@sk66rc (4257)
• United States
15 Mar 13
Yeah, but not everybody wants the samething... I'd rather want a phone that does just that, call & text... For 24 years I've been using cell phone, I've pretty much have used just about all types of cell phones out there & for my use, I found a basic phones most useful for me... There's few hundred thousand apps out there, I'm using 8 of them on my ipad... And I'm only using 2 of them on a daily basis... I don't play games or listen to music or take pictures on my phone or ipad... I have ipod, ps3 & digital camera for that... I'm not that big into games & I'm normally not bored enough to resort to games on the phone... I have ipod classic with 160gig memory & 4,990 songs in it, which may not be as many as some people but it is my entire music library... Last time I took pictures on my phone while I was on vacation, pictures took so much room in my phone it started to slow down my phone, even crashed it few times so I had to turn it off & on again few times... Wasn't so convenient for me... Ended up loosing 1/2 the pictures I took just so I can free up some room on my phone to get it to work properly... I'll keep things just the way they are for me...
@ayeeesha (1129)
• Philippines
21 Mar 13
Yes, although there are still others who would want everything in a single gadget since its easier to carry and manage. It's just a matter of preference and choice.
• India
15 Mar 13
Thanks for this discussion, lol you made me smile, i am 67+ now, mobile phone is recent for me rather, but it has become basic necessity these days. In our childhood there was no electricity, tap water even
@ayeeesha (1129)
• Philippines
15 Mar 13
So how was life back then? But of course, water and electricity are different. These are basic commodities a compared to mobile phones.
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• India
15 Mar 13
@Kmz059 (652)
• Philippines
8 Apr 13
Yes of course I can, at this moment I have no phone because my son destroyed. It's been 3 weeks that I have no phone and I can live without phone.
@ayeeesha (1129)
• Philippines
8 Apr 13
I'm curious, how do people contact you? :)
• Philippines
1 Apr 13
Yes I can. I've done it before and I'm sure I can do it again. Right now, even if I have a mobile phone I use it sparingly. I use it only for important things or when I'm bored and want to play some games. The downside of not having a mobile phone is that you don't have anything to use for emergencies and other important matters that require communication
@ayeeesha (1129)
• Philippines
4 Apr 13
That's right. As I've said in my previous replies, mobile phone is still the most convenient tool for communication, especially when it comes to important matters. I can't imagine how to reach out to someone in case of emergency without using my phone.
@MizzLadyB08 (1174)
• United States
30 Mar 13
I can survive without my phone for only a little while. I do not have a license to drive yet but when I go somewhere I like to have my phone so that I can call for a ride while I am out. Since cell phones are so popular it seems to that payphones are no longer needed. I have seen where some people can not do without their phone because they are so attach to them.
@ayeeesha (1129)
• Philippines
30 Mar 13
In your case, you do really need a phone. And its much safer to call someone to pick you up rather than commute :)
@youless (104244)
• Guangzhou, China
22 Mar 13
I must say that today I depend on the cellphone a lot. I can contact others and I can call for help in case of the emergency. I also like to use it to surf the net and watch movie. It is possible for me to live without the cellphone. But my life may be very boring.
@ayeeesha (1129)
• Philippines
22 Mar 13
Cellphones nowadays have a lot of use. Definitely its more than just call and text. And I think that when it comes to emergency, reaching someone through phone is the easiest and most convenient way to contact one another.
@MsTickle (25136)
• Australia
21 Mar 13
I use my phone for emergencies or for making contact when I need to. It's not about apps or chatting or texting or staying in touch. It's about keeping my clients and myself safe when we travel and contacting someone if or when the need arises. Sure, I managed fine before I had a phone but having my phone has certainly made life easier. I wouldn't like to have to give it up but I could if I had to.
@ayeeesha (1129)
• Philippines
21 Mar 13
Of course because after all, cell phones are still the primary and most convenient tool to communicate with other people
@leateagee (3667)
• China
15 Mar 13
Well, in my younger days, honestly I can't survive without this gadget. But now, I can say yes, because I rarely use it. I use my computer to call the people I need to talk to and most of them are a skype away.
@ayeeesha (1129)
• Philippines
21 Mar 13
Well if you do have Skype in order to talk to people you need to talk to, then there's no use for a mobile phone. Plus, its for free :)
@kokomo (1867)
• Philippines
15 Mar 13
I've already experienced it also when my cell phone was being robbed and as if I have nothing to talk to. I was living that time in the boarding house and i was just leaving with my aunt who was in her work that time.I was helpless that time because even my wallet has been robbed. Luckily, my purse was left. Days passed by without my cellphone was really frustrating.
@ayeeesha (1129)
• Philippines
10 Apr 13
I'm sorry to hear about that. Pickpocket is very common these days.
• Philippines
15 Mar 13
I think I could...if either I'm jobless or if i hate to talk to my boss :)
@ayeeesha (1129)
• Philippines
10 Apr 13
At least your boss won't be able to contact you and give you orders :))