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Could you live without your Smartphone?

Discussion in 'Controversial Topics' started by Johnny b, Dec 30, 2018.

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Do you need a smartphone

  1. Yes (and explain)

    2 vote(s)
    25.0%
  2. No

    6 vote(s)
    75.0%
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  1. Johnny b

    Johnny b Thread Starter

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    Nope. The only reason I got a cell phone was in case I had to be reached for emergencies with my Dad which happened often. I didn't purchase a data plan so don't access the Internet with it. I did away with my landline and only have this cell phone now. I have no desire to check anything on the Internet with it. That's why I have a computer! :D

    I'm not on any social network websites either. If my niece spoke English she'd call me Aunty Social. :D
     
  3. Gr3iz

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    Me, too, neither. I have one, but don't necessarily need one. I use it primarily as a backup for the home phone (long distance calls, etc.) and for work.
    I also do not participate in and social media. I do keep my insurance card on it, but very few other apps.
     
  4. 2twenty2

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    I have a flip phone (cell) and use it for emergencies and to keep in touch with family when I'm out and about. No data plan/no internet access.
    FlipFone.jpg
     
  5. Wino

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    Yes, but I'd rather not! I went to smart phone several years ago when I almost lost an email customer order because I was on the road and only checking laptop when at rest stop or restaurant. Still use for business mostly. Also, have VoIP only because home office business related. No FB or Twit. Don't browse or spend time on internet with cell - use lappy or tower.
     
  6. Drabdr

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    I have become addicted to my phone. It’s so convenient. It would be a pretty big adjustment without it.
     
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    I've only had experience with even non-smart phones in the most basic and tangent manner...only as a mobile communication that was convenient at the time, mostly just when traveling.

    I do see how that can be functional as needed, but you will not see me walking/driving blindly off cliffs, crashing into power poles, falling into pools, or bouncing off national monuments because of a text msg or a game.

    I can do all that at home.
    (more or less.)
     
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    Wait a minnut!
    The title here reads
    Could you live without your Smartphone?
    To which I'd poll vote YES, cuz I don't have one.

    The poll asks:
    Do you need a smartphone
    To which I'd poll vote NO.
    'cuz I don't have/want one.

    Don't worry, I'm only trying to confuse things, it'll be OK.

    Just want to be sure I voted both Yes and No, as required by my philosophy ATM :ROFLMAO:
     
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  9. Johnny b

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    :D

    Yes, it was also a test, thank you for playing ;)
     
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  10. Johnny b

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    When I was younger.....much younger LOL!.... I used to travel often, not just our great Out West, but up into Canada and even Alaska, by motorcycle.
    Back then there was a device called a 'payphone' just about anywhere you'd stop your vehicle in the US and much of Canada. The culture of Canada in under populated areas back then was for small businesses to share their wired phones so long as they were collect calls.
    Most of my long distant travels happened between the mid 70's and mid 90's. Mostly before the cell phone became popular.
    So that was without a cell phone or GPS. For directions, I used a printed paper device called 'map' ( :D )
    And life was good!

    But things change and pay phones disappeared.
    And when they did, a great convenience disappeared and 'safety/paranoia' became a cultural phenomena and a 'want' became a perceived 'need'.
    Perhaps there was some justification, though, from a safety angle.

    Having traveled from Ohio to Alaska and back on a motorcycle with only paper maps and loose change for pay phones, I had a lot of confidence of not needing 'more' to be safe, after all it was dangerous enough just traveling on a two wheeled vehicle, directions and phone calls were secondary considerations taken care of by primitive technology.

    So, while I own a flip phone today, I'm not in the habit of carrying it, I use it primarily for secondary validation for secure Internet sites and potential power outages.
    The GPS however became a must. Try navigating through New York City as an out of towner and you'll understand why.

    But mobile computing (smartphone) I simply have no use for.
     
  11. SillyBilly1

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    Impossible. I put on 2-3 hours a day on average. I do everything on it, don't really need a computer.
     
  12. Gr3iz

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    I'm guessing this question is more of a generational thing ... We "older" folks have lived most of our lives without most of the current technology, even if we work with it daily ...
     
  13. steppenwolf

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    i dont like cell phones but i carry an old flip phone for calls rarely -carry a smart phone if i want to use starbucks net but thats rare

    then have another phone at home a smart one-a flip can work just as well,a non smart

    got rid of landline-if it was 15 dollars maybe id get it
     
  14. steppenwolf

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    why do people buy i phones?it cant be that great
     
  15. Johnny b

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    I don't need a smart phone, so I don't have one.
    I do have a flip phone for 2fa at secure sites.
    And with pay phones disappearing, it's handy to carry on a road trip and since my landline is with Spectrum, in a local power outage, so goes the land line.

    I think iphones are seen as being more secure than android phones.
    My sister and several friends use them for work and in business.
    One of my friends does contract work involving sales agreements between potential suppliers and the federal Government. I see him often answering calls when out of his office and after business hours ( from different time zones ) with clients.
    So, they can be a good business tool.

    But I see a lot of people playing games on them. ( shrug )
     
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