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(NPR)   Cell phones have become so entrenched in our psyche that we feel "phantom phone vibrations" and experience tremendous anxiety if we don't have our phones on us at all times   (npr.org) divider line 142
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2013-09-30 07:22:09 PM  
Yes.
 
2013-09-30 07:40:08 PM  
Yeah? So?
 
2013-09-30 07:46:12 PM  
I think they're exaggerating a bit.

-- sent from my Android
 
2013-09-30 07:49:01 PM  
I never know where my phone is. I like it that way.
 
2013-09-30 07:53:13 PM  
You people are frikkin zombies.
 
amo [TotalFark]
2013-09-30 08:39:55 PM  

MisterTweak: I think they're exaggerating a bit.

-- sent from my Android


I used to get them when I wore a pager.
 
2013-09-30 08:44:00 PM  
Cell phone = electronic leash.
 
2013-09-30 08:50:56 PM  
"Anxiety if we don't have our cell phones" is the new "naked without my watch". Not really a big deal.
 
2013-09-30 08:55:20 PM  
No, I don't.

I honestly don't know when the last time I received a useful text message was. There've been a couple system messages and wrong numbers -- and my phone is, uh, somewhere right now and I don't really care to get up to check.
 
2013-09-30 08:59:29 PM  
What's this "We" shiat?

/You, maybe.........
 
2013-09-30 09:10:13 PM  
Not me. Half the time I forget the phone on the charger and my ringer is always off so I never answer it.
 
2013-09-30 09:13:49 PM  
Let's just take this to where's it's going to devolve to anyway...

I don't have a phone. I don't even own a TV, and if I did, I wouldn't watch it.
 
2013-09-30 09:25:53 PM  

Demetrius: Let's just take this to where's it's going to devolve to anyway...

I don't have a phone. I don't even own a TV, and if I did, I wouldn't watch it.


I don't even have internet access... or a computer!
 
2013-09-30 09:28:05 PM  

Donnchadha: Demetrius: Let's just take this to where's it's going to devolve to anyway...

I don't have a phone. I don't even own a TV, and if I did, I wouldn't watch it.

I don't even have internet access... or a computer!


All I do is occasionally check my email at the library when I come to spend my daily three hours reading the dictionary and Kierkegaard.
 
2013-09-30 09:29:47 PM  

Demetrius: Let's just take this to where's it's going to devolve to anyway...

I don't have a phone. I don't even own a TV, and if I did, I wouldn't watch it.


Heck, I don't even have an internet.
 
2013-09-30 09:31:22 PM  

Shostie: Donnchadha: Demetrius: Let's just take this to where's it's going to devolve to anyway...

I don't have a phone. I don't even own a TV, and if I did, I wouldn't watch it.

I don't even have internet access... or a computer!

All I do is occasionally check my email at the library when I come to spend my daily three hours reading the dictionary and Kierkegaard.


And taking a dump because I don't even own a toilet
 
2013-09-30 09:35:51 PM  

Donnchadha: Shostie: Donnchadha: Demetrius: Let's just take this to where's it's going to devolve to anyway...

I don't have a phone. I don't even own a TV, and if I did, I wouldn't watch it.

I don't even have internet access... or a computer!

All I do is occasionally check my email at the library when I come to spend my daily three hours reading the dictionary and Kierkegaard.

And taking a dump because I don't even own a toilet


I don't own a television.  Notice that I didn't say TV.  TV is a nickname, and nicknames are for friends, and television is no friend of mine.
 
2013-09-30 09:50:44 PM  

Donnchadha: No, I don't.

I honestly don't know when the last time I received a useful text message was. There've been a couple system messages and wrong numbers -- and my phone is, uh, somewhere right now and I don't really care to get up to check.


Same. I don't do texting. I have friends who send me texts for the sole reason that they know it annoys me. The only thing I use my cell for is to tell people I'm going to be late or ask them where they are. That's it.
 
2013-09-30 09:56:53 PM  

ornithopter: "Anxiety if we don't have our cell phones" is the new "naked without my watch". Not really a big deal.


I never saw anyone glued to their watch the entire time they're walking with them and crashing their car with them.
 
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2013-09-30 10:01:03 PM  
Mine lives in a box plugged in to charge, next to my keys and wallet when I'm home.  At work it's on the desk next to me. If I hear it ring, great. If not, I'll call you back.
 
2013-09-30 10:34:22 PM  
I am in my fifties.  I assure you that I feel very little anxiety if my phone hasn't buzzed in the last six hours.

And yes, I do have an iPhone 5, and am a douchebag.
 
2013-09-30 10:48:32 PM  
I do get anxious when I don't have my phone or the battery dies and I'm stuck on the bus or the DMV or something. At least they always provide a constant distraction.
 
2013-09-30 11:07:21 PM  
I dunno... I get relieved when my phone is not on me, or the battery dies.  People only call me when they want something.

Gosh golly gee willikers... my battery must have died.  Sorry!

\I do believe that is the first time I have ever written willikers.  WILLikers.  WILLIKERS.  That's a weird word.
 
2013-09-30 11:10:20 PM  
I actually start getting worried when my battery drops below 50%
 
2013-09-30 11:13:26 PM  
dilbert.com
 
2013-09-30 11:14:33 PM  
lol at people posting "I don't even know where my phone is!" as they sit on their computer surfing the web.

Newsflash: many people these days use their "cell phones" mainly for Facebook, Instagram, web browsing, etc... and do little in the way of making phone calls.

I don't even know when the last time was that I actually used my laptop to access the internet.
 
2013-09-30 11:15:31 PM  
When I had a phone, I used to get calls so rarely that I thought my phone vibrating was an itch, but I did feel the same phantom sensation for a few weeks after I disco'd it.
 
2013-09-30 11:15:58 PM  
I use an abacus to balance my checkbook.
 
2013-09-30 11:16:21 PM  
never owned one
 
2013-09-30 11:17:13 PM  
Don't forget those of us who use it primarily as a crazy-expensive alarm clock.
 
2013-09-30 11:17:20 PM  

Donnchadha: No, I don't.

I honestly don't know when the last time I received a useful text message was. There've been a couple system messages and wrong numbers -- and my phone is, uh, somewhere right now and I don't really care to get up to check.


You've introduced a new level of Hipster.  Congrats.
 
2013-09-30 11:17:47 PM  
I'm about to go on vacation for a week.  I love to get away from my cell phone, I only wish I could get away from other people and their cell phone.
 
2013-09-30 11:17:58 PM  
I have a cellphone but I hardly use it to talk to text so .. yeah I don't get phantom sensations.  I do however take it with me 'just in case'.
 
2013-09-30 11:19:58 PM  
I WISH more people got "phantom phone vibrations". It would mean they actually had the things set to vibrate, instead of playing the latest Miley Cyrus song at peak volume in the middle of the grocery store so they can get that oh-so-important text from their bff Jill reminding them to text if anything important happens between the deli case and the dairy aisle.
 
2013-09-30 11:20:07 PM  
I have thought my phone was vibrating in my pocket a few times. I never set it to vibe, so, yeah...
 
2013-09-30 11:21:01 PM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: lol at people posting "I don't even know where my phone is!" as they sit on their computer surfing the web.

Newsflash: many people these days use their "cell phones" mainly for Facebook, Instagram, web browsing, etc... and do little in the way of making phone calls.

I don't even know when the last time was that I actually used my laptop to access the internet.


Thanks, Ric Romero.
 
2013-09-30 11:21:22 PM  

Fade2black: Donnchadha: No, I don't.

I honestly don't know when the last time I received a useful text message was. There've been a couple system messages and wrong numbers -- and my phone is, uh, somewhere right now and I don't really care to get up to check.

You've introduced a new level of Hipster.  Congrats.


Gah, now it's too mainstream. I'm going to go text my BFF Jill now...
 
2013-09-30 11:22:06 PM  
I had a pager back in the day.  A baby pager for the birth of my first son.  I developed the phantom vibrations way back in 1997.  Yay Motorola!

www.braddye.com
 
2013-09-30 11:23:28 PM  

somemoron: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: lol at people posting "I don't even know where my phone is!" as they sit on their computer surfing the web.

Newsflash: many people these days use their "cell phones" mainly for Facebook, Instagram, web browsing, etc... and do little in the way of making phone calls.

I don't even know when the last time was that I actually used my laptop to access the internet.

Thanks, Ric Romero.


You're welcome, Maude
 
2013-09-30 11:23:59 PM  

lewismarktwo: I have a cellphone but I hardly use it to talk to text so .. yeah I don't get phantom sensations.  I do however take it with me 'just in case'.


Mine spends most of its life in my car. On weekends I let it sit on the kitchen counter.
 
2013-09-30 11:24:05 PM  
I went out to the post office today. Was gonna ping the bf to let him know about bringing him a drink, realized that I forgot my phone. Which is not unusual anymore. Ever since my mother canceled her cell phone, I have little need for it. Rather nice. If it wasn't for my lupus and the fact that I live so far from my... hell, anyone I have ever known, to be honest... I would cancel it. But I need something in case I go into an attack while out and about if I'm alone. It has happened before and scared the shiat out of me. Been a while, but I am cogent enough to know that the minute I don't have it is most likely when I will drive off into a ditch and no one will find me because I live in farking South Dakota.

/css I am sure
 
2013-09-30 11:24:55 PM  
I use my phone to access the internet and text when I'm on the train on my way to work, etc., but my friends and family always act surprised when I actually answer it when they call because I'm notoriously bad about remembering to take it out of my purse and have a habit of leaving it on silent in whatever room I happen not to be in.   However, right now I'm waiting on a call about a new job, so during business hours this past week I've been an unusually obsessive and jittery cell phone owner.

/just call me damnit so I can go back to my old habits.
 
2013-09-30 11:25:20 PM  
I wonder if this has to do with the monkey part of our brain that feels the need to get bugs off of our flesh.  Any evolutionary biologists in the house?  Ichthyologists?
 
JVD
2013-09-30 11:25:25 PM  
I couldn't care less about my cell phone. Forgot the phone at home? I'll check it after work. Forgot my phone at work? Hopefully I remember to grab it tomorrow. Battery died? I'll charge it whenever, probably tomorrow, or the day after. Forgot to turn it off of airplane mode for 3 days? meh.

Apparently other people have a problem with my complete apathy towards mobile communication, I don't see the big deal.
 
2013-09-30 11:26:41 PM  
Obvious tag on a call?
 
2013-09-30 11:27:49 PM  

Omahawg: never owned one


Me, neither.

*high five*
 
2013-09-30 11:30:45 PM  
True dat.

Glad to know I am not the only one...
 
2013-09-30 11:32:07 PM  
If people are that dependent on a phone imagine how farked they'll be if they're constantly jacked into something like Google glass.
 
2013-09-30 11:32:09 PM  
Bullshiat. Not on the article. On the headline.  Didn't rtfa.  I am not about to cry if I don't have my phone with me.  About once every other week or so I will forget it and leave for work without it.  I also leave it completely off most weekends.  This last weekend I went for a 2 night camping trip without it.  That said I am of an older generation that has enough of a level of self sufficiency that we don't think we are going to die if we don't have a phone.  I didn't have a cell phone until I was in my mid 30s and somehow lived just fine.  My grandparents somehow lived there entire lives without them. It constantly amazes me how folks get confused and think it is a necessity.  A few years ago the San Francisco police shut down cell service in bart stations to deal with some protest activity.  With all the crying and wailing that ensued you would have thought that they just banned water.  There are few things I need to live; air, water, food and shelter (depending on the climate).  A cell phone fits in none of those groups of things.
 
2013-09-30 11:32:19 PM  
Been like 8 years since i had one, and the only time i ever miss it is when driving during snowstorms.
 
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