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(LA Times)   Do you have an intense fear of being without your cellphone? There's no app for that, but there is a name   (latimes.com) divider line 69
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2012-02-20 10:26:13 AM  
Ya, it's called "My wife's gonna find those photos".
 
2012-02-20 10:26:36 AM  
Since they got rid of all the payphones, you really need to have a cell phone for emergencies. And drug deals.
 
2012-02-20 10:30:03 AM  
beingfemaleitis?
 
2012-02-20 10:30:51 AM  

The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: Since they got rid of all the payphones, you really need to have a cell phone for emergencies. And drug deals.


Yeah its funny you can still see the wiring and outlines for the old phone booths on the side of buildings
 
2012-02-20 10:32:28 AM  
My only fear is that I lost it
 
2012-02-20 10:34:37 AM  
medication hammer to the head
 
2012-02-20 10:35:59 AM  
I swear, 1/2 the people in this country seem to be functional amputees. 1 hand has the phone in it...either held up to the ear, or just holding the damn thing. They've lost the use of that hand for anything normal.

In line at the grocery store. Lady in front of me has a very filled cart, and can only use one hand to put stuff on the conveyor because the phone is in her other hand.
It seems to be a damn pacifier. In the purse or pocket is too far away...it must be actually in the hand.
 
2012-02-20 10:36:07 AM  
I'm about to be without a cell phone for the first time since I was 16 since it has finally come to the day that my cell contract has run out with my parents and they are pushing me out of the nest of the family plan. Here's hoping my POS car doesn't die.
 
2012-02-20 10:36:25 AM  
The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves


Since they got rid of all the payphones, you really need to have a cell phone for emergencies. And drug deals.

We still have payphones where I live.
/Another tidbit: They only cost a nickel to make a local call! Very, very true.
 
2012-02-20 10:36:53 AM  
My only "intense fear" is of fishhooks. I can't stand being anywhere near my kids when some cousin is teaching them how to fish.

Blame the Boy Scout Handbook for showing me first-aid pictures like this when I was a kid:

i652.photobucket.com
 
2012-02-20 10:38:09 AM  

blazemongr: My only "intense fear" is of fishhooks. I can't stand being anywhere near my kids when some cousin is teaching them how to fish.

Blame the Boy Scout Handbook for showing me first-aid pictures like this when I was a kid:

[i652.photobucket.com image 259x148]


I hooked my sister in the back while casting when I was little. The image is much more grisly in real life.
 
2012-02-20 10:38:22 AM  
You know what cured me of this? Actually losing my phone.

I hit the remote wipe (just-in-case), got a replacement, restored from my backup and it's like it was never gone in the first place.
shiat just worked and now I don't even really think about it.

/yes, i used full-device encryption and wipe-on-5-failed-passcode-attempts
//not like phone thieves would care about my data; they probably turned the phone off and pulled the sim the second it was in their hands anyway.
 
2012-02-20 10:39:25 AM  
What do you call it when you ignore the people you're with to talk with/text someone else other than annoying? I know people who can't even carry on a conversation because they are always interrupting to read/reply to/checking to see if they've missed a text.
 
2012-02-20 10:42:56 AM  
My fear is forgetting my phone and headphones and having to listen to corporate accounts-payable Nina all day.
 
2012-02-20 10:43:03 AM  

ga362: We still have payphones where I live.
/Another tidbit: They only cost a nickel to make a local call! Very, very true.


Do you live in 1963?
 
2012-02-20 10:44:40 AM  
They've always had a name for this.
Pussy.
 
2012-02-20 10:46:36 AM  

blazemongr: My only "intense fear" is of fishhooks. I can't stand being anywhere near my kids when some cousin is teaching them how to fish.

Blame the Boy Scout Handbook for showing me first-aid pictures like this when I was a kid:

[i652.photobucket.com image 259x148]


Ah, it's not so bad sometimes. (new window)
 
2012-02-20 10:46:40 AM  
We still have payphones where I live.
/Another tidbit: They only cost a nickel to make a local call! Very, very true.


Still rotary dial?
/Ninetickticktickticktickticktickticktickonetickonetick
 
2012-02-20 10:47:38 AM  
I'll admit, I get nervous when I'm out of the house without my phone. A few months ago, I fell and broke my foot while walking the dog. I was able to call an ambulance instead of trying to walk home (and nearly fainting; walking on a broken bone is hard), crawl home, or wait for someone to come along.
 
2012-02-20 10:48:46 AM  

blazemongr: My only "intense fear" is of fishhooks. I can't stand being anywhere near my kids when some cousin is teaching them how to fish.

Blame the Boy Scout Handbook for showing me first-aid pictures like this when I was a kid:

[i652.photobucket.com image 259x148]


I use the Boy Scout Handbook, but mostly the... erm... knot-tying section.
 
2012-02-20 10:48:56 AM  
My family gets cranky if I leave my cell phones at home. It is nice to be unplugged.

blondski: I'm about to be without a cell phone for the first time since I was 16 since it has finally come to the day that my cell contract has run out with my parents and they are pushing me out of the nest of the family plan. Here's hoping my POS car doesn't die.

Get a prepaid plan. The rates are less than half of a contract plan. The only hitch is if you demand to have an iPhone, you're pretty much stuck with a contract.
 
2012-02-20 10:49:05 AM  
I am soooo glad we can't have cell phones at work. Can't even bring them into the building.
 
2012-02-20 10:50:01 AM  
People have a serious phobia for this? I mean, I don't like being without my phone if I'm out alone or driving (not talking or txting, just like to know it's there in case of emergency), but my life wouldn't crumble. I would be kind of irritated though.
 
2012-02-20 10:51:18 AM  
I'm an IT storage admin, so I'm on an on-call rotation for work. I very much enjoy the days where I can escape from my phone.
 
2012-02-20 10:51:52 AM  
Since I ported to Google Voice this hasn't been a problem. My office line can dial out as my number, and receive calls as it as well. And all texting can be handled online as well.

The same can be done from a friends smart phone running Android or iOS as well.

Even better since I can use another app to make VOIP calls via WIFI from my number without using my carrier minutes.
 
2012-02-20 10:52:04 AM  

girljen: I'll admit, I get nervous when I'm out of the house without my phone. A few months ago, I fell and broke my foot while walking the dog. I was able to call an ambulance instead of trying to walk home (and nearly fainting; walking on a broken bone is hard), crawl home, or wait for someone to come along.


Situations like this were kind of what I was talking about in my post.

Sorry that happened to you! Glad you had the phone!! Are you healed up now?
 
2012-02-20 10:52:32 AM  
I only get concerned when I travel since it is my boarding pass and gps. Oh and when I'm on call so I don't get fired for ignoring support duties.
 
2012-02-20 10:52:37 AM  
Floobergasted: "What do you call it when you ignore the people you're with to talk with/text someone else other than annoying?"

Being an asshole.
Seriously, people, y'all need to stop tolerating this.

If you're hanging out with someone and they pull out their phone to idly check/send messages, they're saying "I wish I had something more interesting to do".
Just wrap up the visit right then and give them their wish.

/exceptions include any situation where use of the phone serves the physical social interaction
//e.g. drunk texting a mutual friend not in attendance, looking up a showtime/restaurant/fact to settle debate, etc.
 
2012-02-20 10:54:12 AM  

YouPeopleAreCrazy: I swear, 1/2 the people in this country seem to be functional amputees. 1 hand has the phone in it...either held up to the ear, or just holding the damn thing. They've lost the use of that hand for anything normal.

In line at the grocery store. Lady in front of me has a very filled cart, and can only use one hand to put stuff on the conveyor because the phone is in her other hand.
It seems to be a damn pacifier. In the purse or pocket is too far away...it must be actually in the hand.


I enjoy driving behind someone who has a cellphone in one hand and a cigarette in the other.
 
2012-02-20 10:57:02 AM  
I was looking for a pic of a group of people at a table in a bar all texting, but found this: seems relevant

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
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2012-02-20 10:58:40 AM  
However, men are more likely to have two phones than women, which may account for that discrepancy.

1.bp.blogspot.com

/approves
 
2012-02-20 10:58:43 AM  
Minerva8918: Situations like this were kind of what I was talking about in my post.

Sorry that happened to you! Glad you had the phone!! Are you healed up now?

Thanks. I'm pretty much healed up now. The whole thing was an inconvenience, but it could have been much worse.
 
2012-02-20 11:00:03 AM  
Disability claim due to nomophobia in 3... 2... 1.....
 
2012-02-20 11:00:17 AM  
I honestly can't understand how people have become enslaved to these things. I have a pre-paid phone and its rare that I use it more that once or twice a month. To me, theres nothing more pathetic than watching people standing in checkout lines or sitting in a restaurant with other people typing away on one of the damn things. Its like a drug.


Floobergasted: What do you call it when you ignore the people you're with to talk with/text someone else other than annoying? I know people who can't even carry on a conversation because they are always interrupting to read/reply to/checking to see if they've missed a text.


I swear, if someone pulled that shiat on me, I'd be tempted to smack it out of their hands. But I'd probably just turn and walk away instead. "Get back to me when you're not busy."
 
2012-02-20 11:00:41 AM  

blazemongr: My only "intense fear" is of fishhooks. I can't stand being anywhere near my kids when some cousin is teaching them how to fish.

Blame the Boy Scout Handbook for showing me first-aid pictures like this when I was a kid:

[i652.photobucket.com image 259x148]


That wasn't the Boy Scout Handbook. That was "how to torture a man with cheap, easily available devices."
 
2012-02-20 11:00:44 AM  

busy chillin': I was looking for a pic of a group of people at a table in a bar all texting, but found this: seems relevant
[2.bp.blogspot.com image 610x396]


And she's already fat too. I give it five years.
 
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2012-02-20 11:01:31 AM  

YouPeopleAreCrazy: I swear, 1/2 the people in this country seem to be functional amputees. 1 hand has the phone in it...either held up to the ear, or just holding the damn thing. They've lost the use of that hand for anything normal.

In line at the grocery store. Lady in front of me has a very filled cart, and can only use one hand to put stuff on the conveyor because the phone is in her other hand.
It seems to be a damn pacifier. In the purse or pocket is too far away...it must be actually in the hand.


THIS

My old and temporary boss ordered me to buy a cellphone at my own expense. Why? Because he wanted to be able to contact me 24 hours per day (off the job). My job has never required such access nor was it remotely a credible request. He claimed that I was "wasn't up with the times by being inaccessible during non-work hours". He told me I needed to step in to the 20th century. I refused. He then tried to claim I was avoiding assignments because I didn't answer his phone calls at 10pm at night. He finally left after a year and no one and I mean no one in my workplace has ever had to provide that sort of after hours access. I'm an early adopter of many technologies and am a technical point of contact for technical people in my field. He was obsessed with the idea of unlimited personal access and I was not about to open my life up to someone who felt comfortable with invading my personal time on a whim.

I'm convinced there are some bizarre and unhealthy psychologies surrounding mobile phone use and the dependence of people on the technology. And, it doesn't appear to be getting better.
 
2012-02-20 11:03:38 AM  

AbbeySomeone: I enjoy driving behind someone who has a cellphone in one hand and a cigarette in the other.


I prefer to be in front of them.
 
2012-02-20 11:07:20 AM  

blondski: I'm about to be without a cell phone for the first time since I was 16 since it has finally come to the day that my cell contract has run out with my parents and they are pushing me out of the nest of the family plan. Here's hoping my POS car doesn't die.


Welcome to adulthood.
 
2012-02-20 11:09:53 AM  

YouPeopleAreCrazy: AbbeySomeone: I enjoy driving behind someone who has a cellphone in one hand and a cigarette in the other.

I prefer to be in front of them.


Not always an advantage, unless you're trying to get slammed into by some moron not paying attention! (Happened to my father-in-law. Some bimbo took the rear end of his car off because she was txting and not keeping her damn eyes on the road)
 
2012-02-20 11:12:00 AM  

YouPeopleAreCrazy: AbbeySomeone: I enjoy driving behind someone who has a cellphone in one hand and a cigarette in the other.

I prefer to be in front of them.


I would like to see them pulled over, ticketed and the phones smashed to bits. It's dangerous.
 
2012-02-20 11:18:02 AM  

AbbeySomeone: I would like to see them pulled over, ticketed and the phones smashed to bits. It's dangerous.


That too.

Something similar to this is on the back of my truck
www.norcalstickers.com

Soon to be replaced with something more obnoxious and insulting
 
2012-02-20 11:27:56 AM  
Now time for a tangentially-related anecdote:

I was a part of an online group of moms here in the Los Angeles area (with over 10,000 local members, most from the west side of L.A.). A significant fraction of the moms on the group are helicopter, uber-moms. Imagine the founding members of MADD mixed with the anti-vaccination nutjobs, sautéed in my-kid-can-only-eat-organic-food granola-munchiness.

So, during some post, I said something to the effect that text messaging while driving is as dangerous as drinking while driving and that it's pretty much child endangerment if you engage in it (yeah, I was feeling trollish that day). You should have seen the uproar! These moms, who by and large believe they are the most perfect moms ever to grace the planet, went nuts. The thread quickly devolved into a bunch of "I can multi-task just fine, thank you" and "Maybe other people can't text while driving and pay attention to the road at the same time, but I can" and, of course, "I only text at red lights."

The thing is, I live here in Los Angeles, too. It's a regular occurrence to see these women driving, their kids in the backseat, looking down in their laps (where their phones are) rather than up at the road. And at about 40% of red lights, there's someone who doesn't go when the light turns green because she's still texting and doesn't see the light change.
 
2012-02-20 11:30:44 AM  

busy chillin': I was looking for a pic of a group of people at a table in a bar all texting, but found this: seems relevant

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 610x396]


my favorite is seeing a couple (on a date) at a restaurant 2 feet apart from each other texting and never making eye contact or conversation, etc..

perfectly good use of money and time

/how is babby formed?
 
2012-02-20 11:30:51 AM  

TheGreatGazoo: Get a prepaid plan. The rates are less than half of a contract plan. The only hitch is if you demand to have an iPhone, you're pretty much stuck with a contract.



I had an iPhone on AT&T's prepaid (Pay As You Go) plan. Take a couple minutes to do a Google search and you'll find ample explanations of how to do it.
 
2012-02-20 11:35:15 AM  
Took a night time English class once that lasted 3 hours once a week. We had a break once an hour. This particular teacher was known to enforce the 'no cell phones' very strictly, his exact words being 'If your cell phone goes off in class, you can leave the room to answer it, don't come back. Ever.'

He wasn't joking around either.

Come break time you couldn't get to the damn door for the people frantically tearing their cell phones out to turn them back on and fiddling with them...

You could see it in their eyes...

'Omg I've been out of contact for 50 minutes!'

I can only imagine what those people would have done if they lost their phones.
 
2012-02-20 11:36:43 AM  
I'll have to admit, I've been halfway to work and turned around when I realized I didn't have my phone. Why miss out on what's going on in the world? I'd like to think we're embracing technology rather than enslaved to it.
 
2012-02-20 11:41:59 AM  
I'm probably one of the few people left on the planet (apart from my mom) who has NEVER owned or used a cellphone. Never seen where I'd have a use for one.

Besides, from everything I've heard and read about them, they are rip-offs anyway!
 
2012-02-20 11:42:36 AM  

blondski: blazemongr: My only "intense fear" is of fishhooks. I can't stand being anywhere near my kids when some cousin is teaching them how to fish.

Blame the Boy Scout Handbook for showing me first-aid pictures like this when I was a kid:

[i652.photobucket.com image 259x148]

I hooked my sister in the back while casting when I was little. The image is much more grisly in real life.


When I was a kid, my neighbor hooked her sister in the cheek while casting and dragged her across the L-shaped dock into the lake. I still wince thinking of it.
 
2012-02-20 11:46:46 AM  

blazemongr: My only "intense fear" is of fishhooks. I can't stand being anywhere near my kids when some cousin is teaching them how to fish.

Blame the Boy Scout Handbook for showing me first-aid pictures like this when I was a kid:


My dad once got a fishhook in the head when my uncle was casting. It stapled his hat to his scalp. Sweet dreams!
 
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