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Study: America's fascination with the cell phone

By Shawn Knight · 26 replies
Aug 16, 2011
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  1. The latest mobile phone study affirms just how dependent many Americans are on their cell phones. Nearly 50 percent of young adults reported having trouble doing something because they did…

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  2. I don't have a cell phone. I got rid of it over a year ago. Sometimes I want to get away from people, if I have a cell phone I can't. I got a home phone people can reach me and leave messages if I'm away. Not like people ever contact me for anything so important it can't wait. Maybe I'm a little antisocial, so be it.
  3. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +95

    I feel a bit weird because;

    1. I put my smartphone in 'flight mode'* after 8pm.
    2. I never send text messages
    3. I hardly ever take pictures let alone share them
    4. Never recorded a video
    5. Never bothered with banking
    6. Or twitter for that matter

    * I don't want anyone to intrude into my life too much, so if they want to talk about something important, they can always call me in the morning :p
  4. Ditto.
  5. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 513   +8

    I luff you.

    Even if people say im wrong, a cellphone basically only needs to be a cellphone (duh) and text messaging, all else is pure biblidy babidy who, since if today cellphones only did calls, the system in wich they work would be much less saturated whit useless info.
  6. 1977TA

    1977TA TS Rookie Posts: 89

    I can say I do or have done all of those things on the list. Could I live with out my smartphone? Yes. When I want to be left alone I just put it on silent. They are far too convenient to have these days. Music, GPS, games, internet (porn), all in the palm of your hand :|

    A lot people saying "texting" is not personal enough, but I beg to differ. My wife and I will text off and on throughout the day, we leave our talking when we see each other at home.....and watch porn on my smartphone.
  7. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    Since most smartphones embed some sort of twitter functionality into their phones, I thought the twitter usage would be allot higher for smartphone users, not that i have twitter but i thought pretty much everyone else did.

    Other then that not really surprising information. Nice none the less

    You do socialize on forums so that should count :p
  8. Eddo22

    Eddo22 TS Booster Posts: 161   +6

    X3. I rarely used my cell phone when I had it. I probably would have kept it if they would have given me a lower price, but all they would offer me is more minutes.
  9. Cellular phones, paid television programs, and gaming consoles; three things I absolutely abhor, modernity being a large part of the equation.
  10. wow so i guess no one uses there cell phone just for calls anymore? as there isn't even a column for it>
  11. Darkshadoe

    Darkshadoe TS Guru Posts: 571   +112

    One day they will make a cell phone where you can talk into it and another person somewhere in the world can hear you and respond back.
  12. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,162   +548

    My cell is my only phone. My boss pays 1/2 of it. From 8am to 5pm, I'll answer it, after 5pm, it is MY choice to answer or not answer it. If I don't feel like answering it, I don't, plain and simple. Sometimes I put it on silent, if I don't want to bother with it.
    One thing that annoys me to no end is when you are in the local "7-11" type business, and standing in line and some ***** doesn't have the common courtesy to S-T-F-U for 2-3 minutes while they make a purchase. I sometimes wish places like this has a 25ft cell blocker around the cash register.
  13. I have a cheap flip phone which happened after I broke my previous phone. Come August 29th when more info about the Samsung Galaxy S II is released, I will definitely upgrade.

    I also plan on getting a Samsung Galaxy Prevail from Boost Mobile as my secondary phone.
  14. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,979   +71

    My cell phone is for sending and receiving calls and for texting my kids and that is it.
  15. Sevrin

    Sevrin TS Rookie

    This study is really funny.. I have a smartphone but I only use it for most of the stuff that are in there.. not for calling(or at least not that much..).. I don't like people to bother me when I'm working or watching a movie or something like that.. but in the morning on the way to work I like to check facebook stats or some news or something like that.. (until I get to work.. there I continue reading from my computer)
  16. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,549   +235

    Yup, I use my cellphone for every productive reason I can find, then plus entertainment.
  17. I am 18 and I have a basic cell phone that can strictly call, text, take pictures/video. But I don't even use it for video/pictures. I can't even send multimedia messages. Literally, messages with text only. I would say 75% of the use is texting and 25% is calling. The reason I text so much more is because I talk to people all over Canada and calling would be extremely expensive. I prefer to have a voice call, but if it is just a simple question I need to ask then I just text. No reason to majorly disrupt someone with a phone call when I just need a couple-word answer.

    Believe it or not, there are teens that don't need or want a smartphone. Pretty shocking, I know. We're a rare breed these days.
  18. I need the cell phone even to take a leak, I use the accelerometer/gyro + app to orientate my direction and aim, otherwise I pee all over the place.
  19. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,515   +2,308

    Americans are simply addicted to running their mouths. They never say squat, just run their yaps pointlessly.

    Meanwhile, they've convinced, (deluded themselves actually), into thinking that they're productive members of society.

    This is because Obama prints them plenty of money to give to the carriers, and hypnotizes them into believing that spending money leads to prosperity.

    I believe that it only leads to more debt and less money for essentials, hence I don't have one.

    As you all know, I don't have a life, that's way you won't find me wasting it in an iPhone release day line.
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  20. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +95

    Spending money which you actually have 'earned' not 'borrowed (using your credit cards or other means)' leads to prosperity as it keeps resources in circulation and benefiting society as a whole. But this small fact is usually ignored by the masses.
  21. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,515   +2,308

    No, it just sends your money to China, not matter if you're satisfied with the product, or how you earned it.

    Moving on to the next fantasy, we'll tackle a "service based economy".

    For example, six people stand in a circle and wipe the persons a** in front of them. This would be a service, would it not? Quick Barack, start the money presses, there's no product, raw materials dug up, food grown, or goods manufactured, just six ** holes in a circle.

    The jobs report is in, and things are looking up in the service sector.

    If you want to carry this a bit further, try envisioning how many jobs in the country are just flat out parasitic. Start with the US congress.

    Even China wants to throttle our penchant for printing more currency when we need it.
    Raoul Duke likes this.
  22. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    I miss the days when Japan was our economic enemy. Things were so much simpler then...
  23. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,686   +350

    I use my smartphone for photos, internet, entertainment. Saying that I don't own a tablet or netbook so it's more my portable computer than phone. Hardly ever use it for more than a minute long phone call, and a few texts per month. Think internet access allowing smartphone users to message over Facebook and IM clients is reducing the amount of SMS messaging being used.
  24. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +95

    The problem doesn't lies with China, the underlying fact is US Govt. always opt for the easy solution which captain pointed out. Beside, anyone who lends money will always try to exert some 'controls / checks' to have their investment secured.
  25. for me a cell phone its some kind of useless my reason:

    1.-Its expensive paying for credit or monthly plans
    2.-the SMS technology should be free, cuz the transmision to send the messages its totally automatic
    3.-its not a laptop pc replacement
    4.-its not a camera replacement
    5.-not every internet plan its good and are expensive
    6.-NOT every ppl know about using skype or internet with the cellphone instead of paying for credit to make calls
    7.-There are a lot of ways to find me
    8.-you will have your pockets full with the cellphone, with an mp3 player, and your wallet, coins, and maybe a camera

    1.-YEs, its an mp3 player replacement
    2.-you can have 1 single device
    3.-yes i can pay for EXPENSIVE CALLS to my FRIENDS due to the cost per minute(this is bad)

    Unless they have more power, like a medium pc you know icore3 or 1core5, and better battery, its useles to have the best of the best

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