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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   ( divider line
    More: Scary, cell phones, compulsive behavior, vibrations, anxiety  
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2893 clicks; posted to Main » on 30 Sep 2013 at 11:09 PM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-09-30 11:48:31 PM  
2 votes:
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 09:56:53 PM  
2 votes:

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.
2013-09-30 08:44:00 PM  
2 votes:
Cell phone = electronic leash.
2013-10-01 09:52:44 AM  
1 vote:
Cell Phone = Dog leash.

ain't Freedom great!
2013-10-01 09:51:15 AM  
1 vote:
In America, you've know you've 'made it' when you no longer have the need or necessity to carry a cell phone around all the time.

that is True Freedom.

2013-10-01 01:22:28 AM  
1 vote:

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 12:41:25 AM  
1 vote:

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.
2013-09-30 11:56:36 PM  
1 vote:

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 11:36:27 PM  
1 vote:
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 11:27:49 PM  
1 vote:

Omahawg: never owned one

Me, neither.

*high five*
2013-09-30 11:25:20 PM  
1 vote:
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?
2013-09-30 11:24:05 PM  
1 vote:
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 11:19:58 PM  
1 vote:
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 11:13:26 PM  
1 vote:
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2013-09-30 10:34:22 PM  
1 vote:
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 09:13:49 PM  
1 vote:
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 08:39:55 PM  
1 vote:

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 07:53:13 PM  
1 vote:
You people are frikkin zombies.
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