Nearly half of adults surveyed said they couldn't last a day without smartphone

By Shawn Knight ยท 23 replies
Jul 1, 2014
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  1. There's no denying that smartphones have become an integral part of today's society but for nearly half of those questioned in a recent survey, the device is a downright necessity.

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,663   +1,949

    Let's contemplate on the whole list of the necessities:

    1. Mobile phone
    2. Internet
    3. Food & Water
    4. Toilet paper
    5. Accommodation
    6. etc...

    P.S. Not that I am an insider or anything, but I work in Bank of America :)
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  3. Darkshadoe

    Darkshadoe TS Guru Posts: 571   +113

    That is pretty sad that there are people that can't live without a smartphone. I actually went back to a dumbphone because I really didnt need all those apps. Plus, some of the plans are outrageous for what they give you.
  4. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 953   +515

    Eh, as a techie, I could see it being easy to part with my electronics for a day.
    As long as I have something else to do to fill the time that they would take up, it wouldn't annoy me. But if it was unexpected and I don't have much else to do (or if I am expecting that device to be used in a productive way), then I would be annoyed. I could certainly "last a day", but would be annoyed...
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  5. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,870   +1,290

    I wouldn't miss my smartphone at all, but I would definitely have trouble without a mobile phone of some kind these days. The only reason I even have a smartphone is because I can't get reliable internet where I live.
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  6. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,715   +3,696

    You forgot a few.
    1. Swimwear
    2. Martini
    3. Sunshades
    4. Tanning lotion
    5. Yacht
  7. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,714   +855

    I'd like to see the breakdown by ages on this survey. They did mention the 18-24 group who would give their own blood before losing their smartphone and that's no surprise. But I'll bet dollars to donuts, as the age group rises, the amount of people who can't live without it - even for a single day - drops considerably.
  8. OliTheG

    OliTheG TS Member Posts: 61   +27

    Seriously? I'm 18, supposed to be one of them youths with their fancy phones, and I haven't touched my phone in 4 days. No, I tell a lie. I used it to watch a youtube video of one foot in the grave last night. So 3 days.

    As a wise man (Karl Pilkington) once said, "We've invented everything we need. We're now just in the messing about era."
  9. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    You forgot the most important two,

    Credit cards
    Coke (as in cocaine)
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  10. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    I mainly use my phone for chatting at work and for watching pron, lets not forget the good actual uses like calling and texting which I dont use xD
  11. hitech0101

    hitech0101 TS Guru Posts: 451   +34

    These things are a addiction once you start using them it really is difficult to let go but saying won't last a day without 'em is too much.
  12. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    I saw this coming...
  13. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,715   +3,696

    lol - I should have after opening the door for it. But sadly I didn't. :/
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  14. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,975   +2,527

    What a sad, sad, commentary this headline provides. Do you see where using a smart phone could easily be likened to Alice falling down the rabbit hole?

    Well, credit cards are indispensable.

    But, coke, crack, and meth, are fairly easy to get over. It's that damned heroine that's really hard to kick.
  15. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,715   +3,696

    Harder than going without a smartphone? I doubt it! lol
  16. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,975   +2,527

    Well, it would be easier to do without the phone, physically speaking. As a little experiment try putting your phone down for a few hours. I bet you won't start puking your guts out, and wanting to die. (With the possible exception that maybe some hard core iPhone users would. Let's call them, "Apple addicts").

    With that said there's a zen relationship involved.

    Your mouth asking for drugs, to the dealer's ear who's going to sell you the smack. And yes, more often than not, a mobile phone establishes that connection.

    I guess you might say, ""the arm, the needle, the phone, and the snow storm all all one".:eek:

    Here, enjoy "The Strawbs" parodying Homer's "Iliad", as a testimonial to the horrors of heroin addiction, with "Hero and Heroine".

    For additional research, look up, "Chestnut Mare" by the Byrds. Note that, "horse" is another euphemism for heroin.

    And to stay, "on topic", Roger McGuinn, (formerly of the Byrds), unleashes a condemnation against talking on the phone while driving in, "Car Phone". (from the "Back from Rio album).

    So, while many adults, "couldn't live without their smart phone", many have died from it as well...:oops:
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2014
  17. OliTheG

    OliTheG TS Member Posts: 61   +27

    Well, you know, if you don't want to leave a paper trail, or if you never get caught, you know, I think paying for things is overrated!
  18. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,975   +2,527

    Oh goodie, just what Techspot needed, another juvenile delinquent.

    I think paying for sex is overrated. And that, other than my rather blatant misanthropy, is why I'm a bachelor.

    Captaincranky, "but I already have a dish washer hon, you"! Ex partner to be named later, "that does it, no nookie for you for a year".
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2014
  19. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,736   +3,757

    "Overall, the survey found that 91 percent of respondents said the smartphone is just as important as their car and is significantly more important than coffee and television. Smartphones finished third only behind personal hygiene and the Internet in terms of importance although those aged 18-24 found it more important than deodorant and even their toothbrush.

    When asked what they would give up to regain access to their mobile phone, 79 percent said they would readily give up guilty pleasures like alcohol and chocolate. Elsewhere, 79 percent of those surveyed also said they were just as concerned about losing their personal contacts as they are about identity / security information."

    On the up side, this is a huge competitive advantage for those of us who use surplus time for skill acquisition and achievement. Play with your smartphone, kiddies, while the rest of us win the only game that matters.
  20. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,975   +2,527

    I predict that 2 or 3 generations hence, the human race will be so inbred, we'll have to be fed by IV, and sustained on a respirator.
  21. Darkshadoe

    Darkshadoe TS Guru Posts: 571   +113

    "I bet you won't start puking your guts out, and wanting to die. (With the possible exception that maybe some hard core iPhone users would. Let's call them, "Apple addicts")."

  22. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    I have used a smart phone for the past two years and there is no way I would want to go back to an old fashion phone. Ironically the least used function for my smart phone is phoning people. I rarely download games and don't use any social networking apps.

    However I am addicted to real time information on certain internet sites. As you may have figured out from my user name I do have an interest in railways and I like to know the times of unusual trains so I can get photographs or videos (videos are all recorded on my smart phone). A smart phone is very convenient when you are on the move.
  23. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    Thanks Captaincranky I enjoyed watching the video of The Stawbs. I had no idea they were referring to drugs as I tend to focus on the music rather than lyrics. Anyway you managed to take me back to my childhood.
  24. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,128   +982

    There are those that are OCD over cell phone usage - - you know - - those that will say, "excuse me, I have to take this text message". Also those that still need to text while eating out with friends.

    Here in Los Angeles, there is a restaurant where the owner gives an immediate discount if ALL parties at the table will surrender their phones while eating dinner. IMO that's a great idea.

    OGM, who's the master and who's the slave?
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  25. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,715   +3,696

    That makes me want to eat there.

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