Rob's thread got me thinking... (I know doesn't happen too often)
Could you go without your cell phone? There are days I forget to take my cell phone with me and I barely miss it. As I posted in another thread I have two land lines coming into my home and most people call me on my land line. The reason I have two is my father-in-law who lives with us wanted his old phone number when he moved in with us back in June of 2017. He is 90 is very alert and still drives. He is still a good driver. He lives in our basement which is more or less an apartment. It is finished, with a full bedroom and a full bath. But, I digress.
I think I could get rid of my cell phone tomorrow and it wouldn't bother me in the least. The main reason I have it is our five kids (youngest being 26) communicate through texting to us and only occasionally call.
I'm on the road A LOT. I use off-line maps when I can't get good GPS signal, or if the road isn't on my GPS. I talk to Sandy, Glenn, and a few others during the day. I get updates regarding cases that I'm working on throughout the day. A cell is a tool for me to use, not unlike my laser measuring device, wheel, or camera.... Could I do without it? Yep - but it makes my life easier....
One thing I do, is that when I'm "off work", I leave it at home, just do I don't have the electronic dog collar.... But that's me... Your mileage may vary....
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I probably could live without it. Most of my time I'm close to a land line or a PC at home or in the pharmacy. The only time I really want it is when I'm on the road on the bike as part of my break down kit. Also a back up sat nav. In the car I just use it as a media player as most radio stations are shit. But seeing as how I only do about 5,000 miles p.a. on the bike and similar in the car it's not used a lot. Family tend to use WhatApp for convienence (laziness) and one close friend in Germany uses it for conservations during Ireland and German football matches. Ireland win the rugby and Germany win the soccer so we're about even. To me the mobile phone is like the landline 100 years ago. Yes you can live without it but sooner or later it will be ubixitous.
However I use it for business communications (I ditched my old business landline because it was costing almost £20 a month and it was mostly getting junk calls, so switched to a virtual landline instead), as well as my business social media presence, so getting rid of it would not be a good idea.
I also tend to play games on it when I'm not doing other stuff...
I learned the hard way that I am addicted. I know I grew up without one, but, I'm hooked. I don't have a land line. The only times I'm not figiting with my phone is when I am sleeping or driving. I can't even watch TV without doing something on my phone.
Post by glennfrommars on Jan 29, 2019 22:52:02 GMT -5
I have had a "mobile" phone since the mid to late 80's for business purposes. For about 10 years it was my only personal phone number. For years when I'd go to get a new phone I'd ask for a phone that would make calls, clear calls, most of the time the sales wienie would look at me as if I were from Mars. I have learned to use some of the features, such as news feed, or stock quotes when I'm sat somewhere like a doctors office, etc, and the camera is handy for snapping pics of the grand kids. I could easily do away with my phone and not miss it now. On the rare occasion I go out to dinner, I leave the phone at home. The rest of the world can bugger off while I enjoy a meal.
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Post by fritobandito on Jan 30, 2019 7:43:54 GMT -5
It has become an integral part of my life. When I'm on call it keeps me from being completely stuck in the house. For personal use I rarely make phone calls, it's basically a very portable computer. Uber requires it. Sudoku is better on it than using a book. Email is my friend. The Find Friends app has been handy several time when meeting friends at outdoor events. I like how much information it makes easily available.
Now, where is that damn phone? I think I left it . . . nope.
Every time I'm looking for my phone, I eventually find it in my hand.
Could I live without my cell phone? Well, I wouldn't die without it. But, like Ben, my cell phone is my office when I'm not in my office. Everything I need is on one little gadget that fits in my pocket. It's my alarm clock, I use the calculator, the calendar. My eyes are so bad that I can't read printed books without a magnifying glass. I have the Kindle app on my phone and I can comfortably read books anywhere. Reading is a good way to pass the time when you're in a waiting room.
My phone helps my communicate. People often send me texts when they're five feet away from me. I don't have a landline and I don't take calls on my cell phone. If you need to reach me, it's always best to text.
Don't get me wrong. As a work tool, they are invaluable. I've had a 'mobile' phone since they were large steel boxes bolted under the passenger seat, and if the engine wasn't running the car battery would flatten. (And I still have the same phone number today).
But now I have retired? It's a luxury I certainly could do without. I rarely take it out of the house. I can't think of a single 'app' that I use regularly. If it makes or receives ten calls or texts a month, it's a record. Each week it tells me how much screen time I used, it's usually about three minutes per day.
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I carry a cellphone for my convenience, no one else's. I'm pretty much known for my crappy cellphone etiquette. I rarely answer, maybe I'll get back to you. If I bother to text, I use complete sentences and spelling.
I'll stuff it in my motorcycle jacket when I'm riding; but I sure as heck don't answer it. I leave it at home when hiking, it rarely works and what's the point if I'm in the middle of nowhere. I used to leave it home while skiing; but the app that keeps track of my skiing is interesting.
Mostly I use it at concerts and grocery stores to find my wife.
My kids laugh at me about my texts. I include punctuation, quotes, hyphenated words, etc. when I text. I know there are shortcuts like BRB, LOL, etc. but I rarely use them. I have to admit I use the grocery app the most. My wife and I share the grocery list and look at it when one of us is in the store. I also use it to text her when we are in a large store and I ask her, "Where are you?"
My son showed me a great app if you are a golfer. It keeps track of every swing, distance, course layout, etc. It can tell him that he hits his three wood consistently 284 yards and tends to push a bit to the right. (those are his actual stats he is an avid golfer. He has a hell of a swing that generates a lot of power. He is 6'- 6" and 220 lbs)
I just find it funny that it seems millennials have to have their phone. I could live without it. I only got one years ago because I drove an hour and a half one way to work. Spending three hours on the road every day I figured I might need it. Funny thing is I never needed used it once in the 1990s, 2000s, or even now. I am only 20 minutes away from where I work now and I still don't need it.
As far as GPS I have built in GPS in every car I own and I never use my cell phone for that feature.
I'll stuff it in my motorcycle jacket when I'm riding; but I sure as heck don't answer it.
I have a Scala Bluetooth headset in my helmet with a microphone that links to my phone and Sat Nav so I can respond to calls if I need to (although if I'm on a tricky road or a busy motorway they'll get told "I'll call you back when I can pull over".
Post by glennfrommars on Jan 30, 2019 21:53:34 GMT -5
Now that Mank mentions it, I do use the "Grocery Store" app. Publix is my main store, two others on occasion. I have a list for Lowe's Home improvement, I hate going there and saying "What else do I need?" and not remembering till I get home.
'whatever you're doing is probably not important so stop'
I tend to forget my cellphone, or leave it turned off. I do need a phone; I use Tracfone because for my usage $100 or so a year is cheaper than a landline. As for smartphone, I could do with one of the old Nokias (If you want an "S", you have to hit the 7 four times, and do it quickly enough or it will think you want an earlier letter), but I can't find them.
My 'phone' is my camera, my portable gaming device, my calculator, my encyclopedia, my flashlight, my alarm clock, my fitness tracker (along with my watch), my shopping list, my calendar, my newspaper and also has a kindle app. If it was only that, could I live without my phone? Yes, but I'd be a miserably bored lady.
That being said, there is a wonderful app on my phone that gets me out of the house every single day, walking between 2 and 5 kilometers each time. It's made my health better, my back pain more tolerable. It makes me interact with others in a positive and fun way, thus improving my mental health. What's that app? Pokemon Go. If I no longer had my phone, I'd no longer have PoGo. Without PoGo, I'd be a couch potato that would require a walker way more often than I do now. I need my phone for health reasons.