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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 11:33:11 PM

Confabulat: I never know where my phone is. I like it that way.


I was about to say this.  I'm always calling it to find where it went.  I sometimes talk on it, sometimes text, but mostly it's for playing music in my car.  I hardly ever talk on it because the only person I call with regularity is my husband...and he's not allowed to have any cell phone at work.  And if I have to browse the internet, I'd rather use my computer.
 
2013-09-30 11:34:41 PM
I live in the middle of nowhere and cell service is very spotty out here. I carry my phone for long drives and when I'm out woodcutting in case I have to alert an ambulance when (and if) I make it to the highway. Other than that, I don't need another ball and chain.
 
2013-09-30 11:35:03 PM

Ima4nic8or: A few years ago the San Francisco police shut down cell service in bart stations to deal with some protest activity.


There is spotty to no cell phone service in many subway stations in Chicago, it is funny to watch people get angry about it when they try and fail to connect.
 
2013-09-30 11:35:11 PM
If I don't have it on me I think that I lost it somewhere.  That's the only reason I may have anxiety.  That and the itching feeling that I may get into a car accident and have to track down a pay phone.
 
2013-09-30 11:35:35 PM

edmo: Heck, I don't even have an internet.


What's an internet and how would I know if I have one?
 
2013-09-30 11:36:27 PM
So either people have this very useful tool and they either become obsessed with it or they refuse to utilise it to show how awesome they are for not using it.

Christ, it's all about emotions with people, never about logic.
 
2013-09-30 11:38:39 PM
I've literally felt like an addicted grand ole arse when I KNOW I FELT an Important Vibrate, only to realize...it wuz all in me head! Nothing ever went off, and I checked it twenty ways, n all!
 
2013-09-30 11:41:55 PM
Chemist guy wins the thread.
 
2013-09-30 11:42:30 PM

Reek!: Obvious tag on a call?


This is like the textbook example of "it's not news, it's...".

JVD: 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.


I really couldn't care less.  But your sense of superiority bleeding around the edges of your post is kind of annoying.

I can deal without a phone, yes.  Quite easily (I think I had about a year long stretch 3 years back when I needed to save every penny, although I had Google Voice and a headset so I was kind of reachable). 

But it's a hell of a lot easier to read a text, read a voicemail transcribed to a text (I heart you, Google Voice forwarded to my phone), and read email when I get a chance to and reply on my own time.  I'd say it's actually more liberating than not having a phone, since I'm quite clear with friends/family/coworker that I'll get the message but unless it's an emergency they might have to sit tight a bit.  So they treat it like calling a land line and getting the answering machine for mundane stuff, but if the SO has a work accident or my mom is being rushed to the ER I don't have to worry.

Crazy, I know, right!
 
2013-09-30 11:46:20 PM

Confabulat: I never know where my phone is. I like it that way.


vudukungfu: You people are frikkin zombies.


Sgygus: Cell phone = electronic leash.


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.


basemetal: What's this "We" shiat?

/You, maybe.........


Ambivalence: Not me. Half the time I forget the phone on the charger and my ringer is always off so I never answer it.


fusillade762: 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.


bronyaur1: 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.


Omahawg: never owned one


Huck And Molly Ziegler: Me, neither.

*high five*


JVD: 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.


Ima4nic8or: 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.


kidakita: I live in the middle of nowhere and cell service is very spotty out here. I carry my phone for long drives and when I'm out woodcutting in case I have to alert an ambulance when (and if) I make it to the highway. Other than that, I don't need another ball and chain.


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2013-09-30 11:46:24 PM
Oh yeah? I live in a cave!!

Do I win?
 
2013-09-30 11:48:31 PM
Wow the cool kids in the thread must not have anyone important on their lives. People who might be in car accidents or have some other emergency and might, you know, need them right away.

"Oh sorry you were in that accident and needed me to come pick you up, honey. I was too busy being cool to answer."
 
2013-09-30 11:49:20 PM
Sure, on occasion I wonder if the feeling next to my phone happened to be my phone, though this tends to happen while driving which is when my music is playing loud. If my phone is set to silent, such as while at work, or if I have airplane mode on, I never get those sensations. But I do get nervous when my phone is not on me or right next to me because this means I left my phone somewhere which I do not remember which may mean anywhere from forgot at work to fell out in the parking lot, the latter of which does not bode well.

"Something in your brain is being triggered that's different than what was triggered just a few short years ago," says Dr. Larry Rosen, a research psychologist who studies how technology affects our minds.

Uh... this is a product of selective attention. We process all manner of sensory data which we never attend to until we tell ourselves to attend to the data. We now have an object in our pockets which vibrate. Before, if something were to shift slightly around our pockets, this was nothing which was of concern to us. We condition ourselves for this all of the time.
 
2013-09-30 11:49:34 PM
My phone exists to allow me to contact my father and discuss just how awesome the Denver Broncos are. Damned geographic distance making it impractical to drive to watch the game with him.

/It's also there to mock my brother for his unfortunate decision to be a fan of the Chargers
//The boy ain't right
 
2013-09-30 11:49:48 PM
I was somewhat that way about my old Blackberry.   I've tried the iPhone 5, hated it.  Have a Motorola Maxx HD, still not thrilled with it. Touchscreen phones suck for typing.   So, as of late, I could care less.

As far as television goes, I dropped cable TV years ago and haven't missed it.  Weeks go by without me firing up the TV these days.  From what I hear from other people, I'm not missing much.
 
2013-09-30 11:51:14 PM

Ima4nic8or: 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.


Oh, come on.  I'm on the older side of the young'uns.

1) We're often expected to be instantly reachable for work, or something close to it.  Whether that's fair or not you can debate later, but since most folks my age I know are really doing the job of 2 people there isn't always someone to answer the damn question while I'm at the doctor dealing with bronchitis.  That's cool you can not notice if you forget it.  Even if I didn't communicate with the SO who has an opposite work schedule from me 3-5 days a week, I'd be taking a risk with my job that I don't want to take.  As stupid as it is, that's how it goes.

2) Anyone, no matter what the age, who can't go on a camping trip without technology and stuff in general sucks.

But you know who the worse offenders are that I've seen the past 5 times I've gone camping?  The close to retirement age or just there folks, with the tricked out RVs or recreating home in a tent city.  And, on at least three occasions, trying desperately to get a TV signal after walking in circles trying to get cell reception.

On the plus side, I usually just hike past them on the way to my rustic site without any electricity.
 
2013-09-30 11:55:21 PM
I am slightly addicted to my phone, but I still can't ever find the damn thing.  Good thing I can call it from Google.
 
2013-09-30 11:56:36 PM

Sean M: As far as television goes, I dropped cable TV years ago and haven't missed it. Weeks go by without me firing up the TV these days. From what I hear from other people, I'm not missing much.


You can watch almost all of Breaking Bad on Netflix.  And if you're in Great Britain or you figure out a proxy, you can watch the last season too.

I've only paid for cable one year of my life.  My parents didn't get it 'til they sent the first kid (me) off to college.  I only watch what I want to watch (and between internet + library that will often buy requested items) I'm good.  Problem is that Netflix marathon watching is almost as bad as mindless channel surfing on the addiction level.  But at least I feel happy when I watch an awesome Netflix marathon I guess.
 
2013-09-30 11:57:28 PM
Holy sh*t I can't even comprehend the hipsterism in here.32 yr old male here, my phone is in my pocket or in my hand 100% of my day. I work in management and run a side business, and need to be contactable 24 hrs a day. Not to mention I have other normal humans both in my family and circle of friends who also all have cell phones, and to which is the main source of communication. Text, email, internet, phone, "apps". In order that's what I use it for the most. I do get phantom vibrations, but only once in a blue moon/bows out to let the lying posts continue
 
2013-09-30 11:57:54 PM
Well, at least I know I am not hypnotizable; I don't recall ever feeling either way.

/full disclosure: I've also never put my phone on vibrate, so never gotten accustomed to the sensation
 
2013-09-30 11:59:02 PM
Haha speaking of which, I posted that from my phone. And since fark seems to be coded like its never heard of cell phones, it formats it retardedly.
 
2013-09-30 11:59:41 PM
Have had an, (what feels like, implanted on my hip) electronic communtications device since 1983
Yes, I do know when it is not there, more so than when it is there
Ruled my life for decades
But I like new Tech Stuff
I have a computer in my pocket
Happy that I now have a postion that is only workweek hours and that my phone is only used for News, Fark and Porn
 
2013-10-01 12:00:46 AM
I instantly go into withdrawal if I go anywhere without my iPad. I can't even eat without at the same time reading news from like 15 news sites on the iPad.

OMG does WND crack me up.
 
2013-10-01 12:05:55 AM
Wow, lotta people upset that some people mentioned how they don't own cellphones.

Maybe deep down you fear we're amused by your cellphone 'addiction', or feel superior. But not to worry, we don't really laugh at you or feel superior to you very often.
 
2013-10-01 12:08:04 AM
That's funny...and totally true. I experience the "phantom" phone vibrations all the time. Which is why I always keep my phone in my underwear set on vibrate.
 
2013-10-01 12:08:23 AM

sure haven't: Holy sh*t I can't even comprehend the hipsterism in here.32 yr old male here, my phone is in my pocket or in my hand 100% of my day. I work in management and run a side business, and need to be contactable 24 hrs a day. Not to mention I have other normal humans both in my family and circle of friends who also all have cell phones, and to which is the main source of communication. Text, email, internet, phone, "apps". In order that's what I use it for the most. I do get phantom vibrations, but only once in a blue moon/bows out to let the lying posts continue


Well, maybe one day you'll be able to get a real job where you realize that you don't need to be "at work" 24/7 and can afford to turn the phone off.
 
2013-10-01 12:10:32 AM

sure haven't: Holy sh*t I can't even comprehend the hipsterism in here.32 yr old male here, my phone is in my pocket or in my hand 100% of my day. I work in management and run a side business, and need to be contactable 24 hrs a day. Not to mention I have other normal humans both in my family and circle of friends who also all have cell phones, and to which is the main source of communication. Text, email, internet, phone, "apps". In order that's what I use it for the most. I do get phantom vibrations, but only once in a blue moon/bows out to let the lying posts continue


Relax dude.  Take a sip of this tallboy Pabst and a huff of this nitrous.
 
2013-10-01 12:10:43 AM
y'all realize you can put your phone on silent or turn it off completely, yeah? typically i leave my phone on silent unless i am expecting an important call. otherwise i'll return a call at my leisure. granted, i am not on call 24/7 at my job, which is a legitimate concern.

bunch of luddite/hipster hybrids ITT. you're just as bad as that infamous photo with the hip dude using a typewriter in a public park.
 
2013-10-01 12:13:16 AM

Insurgent: y'all realize you can put your phone on silent or turn it off completely, yeah? typically i leave my phone on silent unless i am expecting an important call. otherwise i'll return a call at my leisure. granted, i am not on call 24/7 at my job, which is a legitimate concern.


I am not often expecting an important call, but rather an important call for me is an emergency, which are notoriously hard to expect.
 
2013-10-01 12:14:10 AM

vudukungfu: You people are frikkin zombies.


I know where I came from, but where did the rest of you come from/
 
2013-10-01 12:15:03 AM

Vangor: Insurgent: y'all realize you can put your phone on silent or turn it off completely, yeah? typically i leave my phone on silent unless i am expecting an important call. otherwise i'll return a call at my leisure. granted, i am not on call 24/7 at my job, which is a legitimate concern.

I am not often expecting an important call, but rather an important call for me is an emergency, which are notoriously hard to expect.


again, a legit concern, but that's work so it's different. i just think taking pride in not owning/using a mobile phone is really, really silly.
 
2013-10-01 12:15:40 AM
or a family emergency. point stands
 
2013-10-01 12:16:26 AM

The Goddamn Batman: Wow the cool kids in the thread must not have anyone important on their lives.


That is EXACTLY the reason. I don't have enough friends and/or people who need me, and only me, right that second, to justify what I perceive would be the cost and the hassle of possessing a cell phone.
 
2013-10-01 12:16:46 AM
My phone and my truck are intricate parts of my lively hood. I feel weird any time I don't have my phone or my keys on me.
 
2013-10-01 12:17:54 AM
My cell makes this peculiar little 'glink' noise for incoming texts...
And yeah, sometimes i think i've heard it, even when it didn't go off... especially when i'm expecting either my better-half or another friend to touch-base with me.

Guess that would make it a case of 'wishful glinking' on my part?!

/i'll be here all week...
//don't forget to tip your servers!
//try the slashie veal!
 
2013-10-01 12:20:13 AM
I have a friend from college who is great in a school or work setting, but when he's not punished for it he lives and dies by his farking facebook and texting.  I have pretty much phased him out of my social circle because of it.  Christ, what an asshole.  I think it's petty and sad to seek interaction from others when people are trying to spend time with you.  Why not pay attention to someone for a period of time, then pay attention to someone else?  It's common courtesy, plain and simple.

I once heard about a dining out game where everyone stacks their phone on the table and the first one who has to grab theirs pays for everyone.  He never agrees to play.
 
2013-10-01 12:20:49 AM

Insurgent: y'all realize you can put your phone on silent or turn it off completely, yeah? typically i leave my phone on silent unless i am expecting an important call. otherwise i'll return a call at my leisure. granted, i am not on call 24/7 at my job, which is a legitimate concern.

bunch of luddite/hipster hybrids ITT. you're just as bad as that infamous photo with the hip dude using a typewriter in a public park.


I took advantage of the smart settings on my android to set the phone to vibrate automatically when I'm at home or work. It's nice to be able to set it not to bother you when you have other things to do.
 
2013-10-01 12:24:17 AM
I get upset when telemarketers call my alarm clock.

/yes I'm on the do not call list.
 
2013-10-01 12:30:00 AM
Won't someone think of the children?

//and get them cell phones so we can reach them at all times
 
2013-10-01 12:30:15 AM

sure haven't: I work in management and run a side business, and need to be contactable 24 hrs a day.



Are you paid 24 hours a day? No? Then you don't "need" to be contactable 24/7.

I do have (and use) a personal cell phone, but my employers only get the number to my google voice box, and if they do insist on me having a cell phone, they pay for it, and it gets turned off when my shift ends.

Sure, I do get in occasional arguments when some noob can't figure out the coffee maker and decides that the network engineer is the person to call, but otherwise I'm completely free from my job on weekends and holidays.
 
2013-10-01 12:31:35 AM
No phone since the 90's but I do have an iPod Touch that I have come to treat like a phone, just no monthly bill attached. Work, home, or most other places have wifi these days which is enough for me. Never had any phantom vibrations though because the iPod doesn't vibrate.
 
2013-10-01 12:36:15 AM
I work in a hospital and carry a pager on my right hip when I'm on duty. I have felt phantom pager vibrations for years. I thought I was the only one.  ....sniff....
 
2013-10-01 12:41:25 AM

StreetlightInTheGhetto: Ima4nic8or: 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.

Oh, come on.  I'm on the older side of the young'uns.

1) We're often expected to be instantly reachable for work, or something close to it.  Whether that's fair or not you can debate later, but since most folks my age I know are really doing the job of 2 people there isn't always someone to answer the damn question while I'm at the doctor dealing with bronchitis.  That's cool you can not notice if you forget it.  Even if I didn't communicate with the SO who has an opposite work schedule from me 3-5 days a week, I'd be taking a risk with my job that I don't want to take.  As stupid as it is, that's how it goes.

2) Anyone, no matter what the age, who can't go on a camping trip without technology and stuff in general sucks.

But you know who the worse offenders are that I've seen the past 5 times I've gone camping?  The close to retirement age or just there folks, with the tricked out RVs or recreating home in a tent city.  And, on at least three occasions, trying desperately to get a TV signal after walking in circles trying to get cell reception.

On the plus side, I usually just hike past them on the way to my rustic site without any electricity.


You are preaching to the choir regarding the folks in the tricked out RVs. I don't get the point.  If you are going to bring all your shiat why not just stay home? While my family and I were trying to get to sleep in our tent at 11 at night in the otherwise silent Sierra mountains two ass clowns rolled into the campground in separate truck/trailer combos.  We had to listen to 10 minutes of each of them arguing with their wives over how to back into the spot and another 20 minutes of all sorts of clanging and banging as they set up all sorts of who knows what.  I suspect us tenters actually have less work to set up our sites.  We are certainly less noisy.

The funny thing is that the ass clowns left first thing in the morning.  Something that really befuddled me.  They had zero time to actually enjoy or explore the area before they moved on like bunch of roaches scurrying when the lights come on.
 
2013-10-01 12:43:33 AM
I always know where my phone is, but I hardly care enough to answer unless it seems like important work. Friends get annoyed but meh, I dont want to be tied to conversation unless we're facing each other.
 
2013-10-01 12:45:05 AM
Hahahaha. Talk about 1st World 'problems' ... Hahahahaha ...
 
2013-10-01 12:46:12 AM
That's how I feel with whiskey.
 
2013-10-01 01:11:39 AM
I get the phantom vibrations occasionally (fairly rare, actually). But I'm not one of those people who is tethered to his phone.  I just assumed it was some natural thing that now reminds me of my cell phone.
 
2013-10-01 01:20:02 AM
I think there is a bigger problem with people that get upset when they can not get instantly touch  with you, they call or text and expect a response in a certain amount of time and get anxious and put too much thought in to why there is not a response
 
2013-10-01 01:22:28 AM

the ha ha guy: Are you paid 24 hours a day? No? Then you don't "need" to be contactable 24/7.


When I was growing up, the company my Dad worked for was failing.  They got bought out by a French company, but he had seen 2 bosses laid off above him and was doing the work of 2-3 people.

It's the summer at this point, and I ask him if he gets 4th of July off for our family's annual out of state fireworks extravaganza (that the police even enjoy, so my uncle has gone decades doing this in a residential neighborhood without a single ticket, pretty badass).  Nope.  Well... French company, Bastille Day?  Nope.  And when he came home late every day that summer, I asked if he got compensated for the crazy extra hours.  He said he got paid by keeping his job.  And he was skilled as hell - grew up in poverty, put himself through the best school in the state and then a MBA - but he knew from coworkers searching that there wasn't anything else to be had then.

He's got a better job now, but In This Economy kids with degrees searching desperately for work are a f--king dime a dozen.  You know you can be replaced, and you know what it's like if you leave.  My Dad weathered through it til things picked up and headhunters started contacting him.  Again, less likely to happen if you're less than 5 years out of school.

So you keep your goddamn phone on you.  And make extensive delegations and contingency preparations if you're going to be cut off.  And if that's *all* you have to do, congrats.
 
2013-10-01 01:25:09 AM

WillofJ2: I think there is a bigger problem with people that get upset when they can not get instantly touch  with you, they call or text and expect a response in a certain amount of time and get anxious and put too much thought in to why there is not a response


my phone's got a camera, it's built right in
but it's hard to keep the dirt and grease off the lens
the last time you were happy since so long ago now
i tried to take a picture but it didn't come out

and the messages sent are almost as blurred
my cryptic printstyles dials to songs no one's heard
if we keep this up, things will never get better
when we disagree we fight in capital letters

I have to type eleven numbers into my cel phone
Just to make it spell 'love'
So I usually don't
And it takes up fifteen digits to spell out 'goodbye'
But if I leave out the 'good' I can save us some time
55566688833

my throat's a little sore after last night's events
you were somewhere doing something
I was out with my friends
You wrote just to ask if I was having fun
and I guess I didn't text you back quite fast enough
So when I got home you were awake in the den
There were tears in your eyes, the lights were dimmed
I turned off my phone, you did the same
And we fought face-to-face like it was the 90s again

I have to type eleven numbers into my cel phone
Just to make it spell 'love'
So I usually don't
And it takes up fifteen digits to spell out 'goodbye'
But if I leave out the 'good' I can save us some time
(x2)
55566688833

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EN1wLod8VKk

james figurine - 55566688833
 
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