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Can you do without your smartphone for a week?


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#1 Ice_Blue


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Posted 03 May 2012 - 17:45

After a long (and slightly drunken) conversation with one of my buddies on his birthday last Tuesday, on our dependence on / addiction to technolgical gadgets he issued me this challenge: go without your smartphone for seven days.

I had to use a feature phone instead.

I didn't make it.

I found myself swiping incessantly (and fruitlessly) on the tiny screen of the Nokia 6101.
I couldn't handle pressing buttons to scroll messages.
I couldn't handle typing with that tiny keyboard.

After only three days, I started looking at my smartphone and feeling like a jilted lover.

What I DID like: Never had to charge the thing once. After three days power was at 40%.

So, could you do it?

#2 Daedroth



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Posted 03 May 2012 - 17:47

Could I live without a smart phone? Yes. Because I'm doing that right now. I don't use my phone for anything other than texting or ringing. However, I couldn't live without other technologies, such as a computer or the Internet.

#3 Kondrath


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Posted 03 May 2012 - 17:48

I'd happily use my old Samsung a737 again if my job didn't require me to have a smartphone.
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#4 Lee G.

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 19:17

Yes, because I don't own one.

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 19:18

I've lived 99.9% of my life without one, I'm sure I could make it.

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 19:19

Yes, because I don't own one.

same here (though that will change after I get a job again)

#7 techbeck


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Posted 03 May 2012 - 19:36

I go on camping trips a few times a year. No computer, phone, or anything special. Just a tent, coolers, fishing poles...and a few other basics. I like to unplug completely every now and then.

#8 Nagisan


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Posted 03 May 2012 - 19:37

Yup, not a problem for me, only ever text between 3 people, at best I get 2-3 calls a month (not counting calls from the same person during a short period of time due to dropped calls/technical issues when they want to keep hanging up to do things), I rarely used my phone, only reason I got it was for when I am not at home and bored (for some games and what not), and any emergencies that come up, I don't use it to stay connected to any social networks (partly because I do not take part in any social networks) and I don't use it for pretty much anything beyond emergencies and boredom, so I could definitely do without it for a week, longer if need be.

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 19:41

Well as a prostitute I need my phone to take calls from Johns. So without my smart phone I'd not make any money and be out on the street pretty fast. So no, I couldn't live without my phone.

#10 bjoswald


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Posted 03 May 2012 - 19:43

No! I am always tinkering with it. I take it everywhere and it never leaves my sight.

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 19:43

Well as a prostitute I need my phone to take calls from Johns. So without my smart phone I'd not make any money and be out on the street pretty fast. So no, I couldn't live without my phone.

Bitch, you forgot your phone here again!

#12 derkim



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Posted 03 May 2012 - 19:44

No Problem for me. Actualy I don't care smartphone. I can't deny that is nice to look what happens online if you drive with the train or bus. But I have also no problems without. And to phone? I phone less than a hour in the month with my mobile phone. Actually I don't need one.

#13 44MLX



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Posted 03 May 2012 - 19:45

I am willing to use Nokia 8310 over any phone!

#14 shockz


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Posted 03 May 2012 - 19:46

No, absolutely not.

#15 Anibal P

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 19:48

I'm not addicted or obsessed with all this social crap, which is what drives smartphone sales, I could easily step down to a feature phone and be content, I'd miss gaming and email, but I'll survive