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 theforumfiend
Joined: 10/21/2007
Msg: 79
Could you exist today without a CELL phone????Page 6 of 8    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
You thought I was saying all those people are addicted? Naw,
I acknowledged the addiction, but apparently you missed the
part where I said:

Even people that are not addicted can be quite
attached to their phones.


Before saying:

Remember seeing the news about all thepeople that
pre-ordered the iPhone 4? Oh, and let's not forget
those that stood in long lines to when they went on sale.

Yeah, some people are sheep.
 whytwater
Joined: 8/7/2008
Msg: 80
Could you exist today without a CELL phone????
Posted: 7/11/2010 1:13:08 PM

I got an answering machine for my landline so I don't have to answer the phone while I'm home. Now, why would I want to take the phone out of the house with me??? lol


I gotta agree with this guy. I have a caller ID on my phone, because I want to know who's trying to interrupt me. Yep, interrupt. A phone call always, always, always is an intrusion into whatever I'm doing when the phone rings.
I do have a cell, and I do sometimes carry it with me, but I set it to vibrate rather than ring. I kinda like the idea of somebody remotely controlling the sudden buzz/hum in my pocket, whether front or rear. Lol It's more of a welcome distraction, that sensation, than a rude intrusion.
If people only knew they were turning me on just by calling me, . . .
 ChocolateNutt
Joined: 6/25/2006
Msg: 81
Could you exist today without a CELL phone????
Posted: 7/11/2010 3:29:02 PM
I do have a cell phone, and for a while my child and I used it fairly regularly. I wanted my child to be able to let me know if she had an emergency when I wasn't home. Say 'fire on the stove' when I'm at a movie or 'hey we need peanut butter' when I'm at the store. It was handy too if we needed to make some sort of arrangments when we were apart.

However, since our lifestyle has changed, the cell hasn't been used at all in a couple months.

I absolutely could do with out it. I think that technology in a lot of ways has ruined people's social skills. It really bugs me when you are having a meal or coffee or some other activity with a friend and they're texting. You're supposed to be present with the person you're with at a given time not wishing you were somewhere else.

Nutt
 RushLuv
Joined: 4/16/2009
Msg: 83
Could you exist today without a CELL phone????
Posted: 7/13/2010 11:41:53 AM
^^^What he said.

I can be without a cell phone for a period of time, but there is no way that I could be without one period.

Cell phones are very convenient, and important and unless someone is a hermit, and don't have much at all going on in their lives, I don't see how it would be possible to exist without a cell.
 whytwater
Joined: 8/7/2008
Msg: 86
Could you exist today without a CELL phone????
Posted: 7/15/2010 1:34:52 PM
A good friend recommends this, for just about everything that bothers ails, frightens or bedevils you:

Chop wood. Carry water.

I tried it, and it sorta works!
 DrummingNut
Joined: 4/26/2010
Msg: 87
Could you exist today without a CELL phone????
Posted: 7/15/2010 2:47:44 PM
I agree with that ^^
(don't know if you were kidding, but nonetheless.. I agree, lol)

As for cell phone? Noooooooooooooo I do not want one.

If I am out and about and do have an emergency?
I'll figure out what to do.
Always have.

Made it to age 58 without one.
Will continue to make it.
 DrummingNut
Joined: 4/26/2010
Msg: 92
Could you exist today without a CELL phone????
Posted: 7/19/2010 6:36:46 AM

If I am out and about and do have an emergency?
I'll figure out what to do.
Always have.

Made it to age 58 without one.
Will continue to make it.

yes, you might. but the people you are with might not LOL. if you are with someone and they have an emergency.... ..
I'm in a gigantic minority.
Everyone I'm out and about with.. have cell phones.
Seriously. Drives me nuts. They all have one.
Plus, it seems 85% of the people around us has them too!

Me not having one? The chance of that endangering anyone else is beyond slim. Tooooo many other people have them!
 cuillerier
Joined: 6/21/2006
Msg: 94
Could you exist today without a CELL phone????
Posted: 12/5/2010 11:46:53 PM
Nope I dont need one. 90 percent of the talking on them is unnecessary or can wait till you get home. I dont use GPS either, or maps on the phone either. if i have a problem with my vechicle, eventually a farmer will drive by and give me a hand.
 nipoleon
Joined: 12/27/2005
Msg: 95
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Posted: 12/6/2010 2:10:48 AM
If your still using a cell phone, you are a generation behind the technology.
Everyone now has the I-phone, smart phones. The mini-computers with total wireless internet connection, you can watch TV, take still pictures and digital motion pictures, and it's also a cell phone.
The biggest problem is typing on those tiny key boards.

But, I wont be getting one of those either.
 L_LuuLuu
Joined: 8/2/2009
Msg: 96
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Posted: 12/6/2010 8:29:13 AM
I know we all complain about persons using mobile phones while driving. And of course, texting while driving is ridiculous and extremely dangerous A few of us do actually use them as briefly and carefully as we can in our cars -- and only when necessary to get driving directions (mapquest was wrong!), emergencies, etc. Or better yet, leave cell calls to passengers with us.

Now I hear reports that auto mfgs may soon be required to put signal blocking devices in all new cars so that mobiles can’t be used at all.

I wonder what’s going to happen when everyone to who needs to make a call while driving suddenly has to pull over and stop on the roadside to make those calls? Traffic jams, peole stepping onto the freeways, lotsa folks competing for off road parking spots, no?
 Stray__Cat
Joined: 7/12/2006
Msg: 97
Could you exist today without a CELL phone????
Posted: 12/6/2010 10:27:17 PM
I could.
but could date without one.
(be like not having a car)
so I have one.
 redgtoguy
Joined: 4/16/2009
Msg: 99
Could you exist today without a CELL phone????
Posted: 12/7/2010 3:48:36 PM
that would be hard to imagine....life without a cellphone,hmmm. you get things done so much faster.
 kari135
Joined: 9/1/2009
Msg: 102
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Posted: 12/8/2010 5:29:27 PM
I could, but I sure wouldn't want to. I have a land line for DSL, and after 1 1/2 years of it being in my name, I still get calls from collection agencies for people who had it before - or people who just used it as a fictious number when filling out a credit app. I no longer answer it, I only use it to call toll free numbers. I got my cell when DH first became bedridden, and I've kept the same number through many moves and several carriers, and it's my primary contact number. It took me a solid year to get my email address changed with all the financial institutions I use - why would I even want to consider changing my phone number too?

There are courtesies that should be observed, though. It's easy enough to set it to vibrate instead of ring, and to just ignore calls when you're with someone. You can always return a missed call, after all. There are only two people I would take calls from at any time, because of who and where they are, and it definitely would be an emergency I'd rather not be notified of by a local cop.
 ThatGuy1082
Joined: 8/23/2010
Msg: 103
Could you exist today without a CELL phone????
Posted: 12/15/2010 5:25:22 PM
Absolutely I could. Cell phones and cell phone companies have created a culture based upon the illusion of freedom. In reality you are paying for a mobile anchor. A small device you really don't need. It's an abused tool and a toy, not a necessity. Can you believe we have bought into a marketing scam that sells us minutes, or "air-time" and letters of the alphabet? Who really needs to spend $400 to $500 a phone that makes movies, takes pictures, surfs the Internet, or lets you watch your favorite TV shows? After you buy the phone you have a $100 monthly plus phone bill tied to a two-year contract, linked to your credit rating. Alexander Graham Bell had no idea where his invention would go. Would he comprehend the need for a separate ring-tone for every person in your phone's contact list? Or would he say what's the point?

I see children, pre-teens texting away, and you know they have nothing important to say. Then there are the behemoth SUV driving, self absorbed, overweight housewives babbling away about rhetoric, gossip and social trivialities, and I think,,,, what simplistic useless thought is she wasting their breath about? Paying no attention to the road, blubbering on and on about nothing, and oblivious as to her surroundings. Then there are the folks that seem to have no manners whatsoever. Taking calls whenever and wherever they please regardless of respect to others. If you really want to see a total waste of time and money, visit a Starbucks and watch the 20-somethings dressed ridiculously, trying to look as though they have a clue drinking $5.00 foo-foo coffees, speaking audibly to no one, but are texting away faster than I can type.
 Outdoor2
Joined: 4/1/2006
Msg: 104
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Posted: 12/16/2010 12:21:22 AM
I do...one of my more memorable experiences was getting stuck in a snow bank. A nice person pulled over and asked "Can I help?....I have a cell phone!"
Without even thinking, I looked at him and replied...."Can you dig with it?"

The look on his face....LOL...

Self reliance is seriously lacking these days (it was before...just moreso now)
On winter road trips I don't leave the house without a shovel, snow boots, candles, sleeping bag, food, water and a full tank of gas.

Similarly, when I bought my truck, I insisted on manual drive...after all, it's the only way to jump start a vehicle solo...

...blubbering on and on about nothing, and oblivious as to her surroundings.

Or his...friend of mine trashed his BMW doing the same thing (speed was also a factor) and had 3 kids in the car. (all survived)

Whenever I'm on a highway and I see other drivers chatting, texting, etc....I grip the wheel a little firmer...and watch them closely...
 whytwater
Joined: 8/7/2008
Msg: 105
Could you exist today without a CELL phone????
Posted: 12/16/2010 6:09:19 AM

Whenever I'm on a highway and I see other drivers chatting, texting, etc....I grip the wheel a little firmer...and watch them closely...


Yeah, me, too. And I use the same approach whenever I see a car with Jersey plates.
 k_trout
Joined: 1/6/2011
Msg: 106
Could you exist today without a CELL phone????
Posted: 1/10/2011 10:16:33 AM
I used to have a cell phone, decided I didn't really need it & when the time available ran out I didn't renew.

When I did have the cell, my friends used to get PO'd because I only turned it on when I wanted to make a call; I kept telling them the cell was for MY convenience, not theirs.
 HawkingJr
Joined: 4/16/2007
Msg: 107
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Posted: 1/10/2011 1:34:38 PM
I did not have a cell phone until 2.5 years ago when I had to get one for the business startup I was part of. Used to drive my cell phone addicted-girlfriend crazy that I didn't have one -- I got one some time after we broke up, and she is STILL beside herself that I actually have one. It was, unfortunately, a necessary evil in doing business. Looking back to an episode in November 2007 (almost a year before I got it), I probably lost out on breaking my current 4 year long dateless streak because of some major miscommunication with a serious potential date that would have been averted if I had a cell at the time.

Nevertheless, I still hardly need the thing when I'm not in production (and getting/making 5 dozen calls a day). I can go weeks at a time without it doing anything. My last call on it is from last week, from my own home phone, when I was testing it to make sure it was working. I do think much more popular people than I am at the moment probably NEED a cell phone, but mine is pretty much just for business and emergencies (I think back to some of the pre-cell phone accidents and catastrophic car issues I had and realize how much easier and less chaotic those situations would have been with a cell phone).
 english lass
Joined: 11/14/2007
Msg: 108
Could you exist today without a CELL phone????
Posted: 1/10/2011 6:31:03 PM
yup; I have one but only to use in emergencies (like calling CAA or telling my kids I'll be late) - in the 'old' days, I'd have simply used a payphone but they're few and far between now

Most of my friends have fancy cell phone/blackberry type things and are constantly texting... the other day we went out for a meal (yup, they texted) and then for a movie (the minute the credits were rolling - out came the phones)

It's crazy-making, imo... the ultimate in irony; that being SO accessible and social means that people are becoming more physically antisocial and less emotionally accessible
 karma1160
Joined: 6/10/2008
Msg: 109
Could you exist today without a CELL phone????
Posted: 1/10/2011 9:40:29 PM
I am really thinking about getting rid of my landline which I hardly ever use.
The only thing it is really good for is internet. I have DSL.
I need a cell phone, because I have a rotating schedule and sometimes I just don't have time during normal business hours to take care of business.
Plus it is necessary in case of emergencies.
 sexyisback!
Joined: 9/14/2010
Msg: 110
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Posted: 1/11/2011 9:23:20 AM
^^


What does a 9 and 11 year old need with a cell phone?


maybe to set up their drug buys?
 barefootkitten
Joined: 12/17/2009
Msg: 111
Could you exist today without a CELL phone????
Posted: 1/15/2011 12:26:10 PM
I had a cell when I was at university so that my child's daycare could get ahold of me in case of emergency, but now that I am working at places with landlines, or home (where I have a landline), it has become unnecessary. I switched to pay as you go years ago and haven't topped up my phone in months as I NEVER use the cell.

I feel if people want to talk to me they can do it when it's convenient FOR ME. While I'm out actually living my life I don't feel that I need to be at the beck and call of anyone who has my number. If someone wants to talk to me, they can just as easily phone my home number and leave a message on my answering machine for me to return their call when I have time.

As far as emergencies go, most stores have a landline they will let you use if you politely explain the circumstances. Last year, before I got my new car, my old car wouldn't start (the starter had died). I didn't have my phone with me (it was at home charging that day) and needed to call someone for a ride. I just walked to the nearest store, explained the situation, and they kindly let me use their phone to call someone for a ride. A cell phone is a CONVENIENCE, not a necessity.

There is, furthermore, no reason whatsoever why a child or teenager NEEDS a cell. When they are at school, it's just as easy to call the school in case of emergency as it is to call the student. What cell phones really offer these KIDS is a distraction from the thing they are actually supposed to be doing, and that is LEARNING.
 k_trout
Joined: 1/6/2011
Msg: 112
Could you exist today without a CELL phone????
Posted: 1/15/2011 3:02:25 PM

I switched to pay as you go years ago and haven't topped up my phone in months as I NEVER use the cell.

As far as emergencies go, most stores have a landline they will let you use if you politely explain the circumstances.


People should remember that if you have a charged cell phone and have no time left on your plan it's still handy to keep it in your car or purse, backpack etc because you can still use it to dial 911 & the call will go through.
 barefootkitten
Joined: 12/17/2009
Msg: 113
Could you exist today without a CELL phone????
Posted: 1/16/2011 1:59:52 PM
It's not that difficult to WALK somewhere to a phone if need be.

I'm just saying, the "emergencies" people claim they need them for are rarely real emergencies and the real times one may need a phone for are extremely rare.

I carry my phone with me (even though it doesn't have any money on it right now) simply because I can't wear watches and I like to be punctual, so I can check the time on the phone, but that's really all it's good for.
 jed456
Joined: 4/26/2005
Msg: 114
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Posted: 1/20/2011 9:18:17 AM
I just got a cell phone last month my first for emergency use only otherwise I cant stand the things.
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