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Small Population of US Residents Decide to Give Up Cell Phones

Could You Give Up and Live Without Your Tech?

I read a story last week about the small (and shrinking) population of US residents that don't have a cell phone — which included my fellow blogger and friend, Gregory Han, from Unplggd. Although a portion of this group do not have the means to own one, a majority of this population has made a conscious decision to ditch the phone by their own accord. It reminded me of a friend that recently gave up his cell along with his Facebook and Twitter accounts in an attempt to clear his mind and simplify his life.

Although some folks see technology as an extra added complication to an already busy daily grind, I use tech to my advantage, and it actually helps streamline my day. From using my iPhone apps to help me navigate the roads, to using 3G and wireless technology to log in and get work done from anywhere. For me, tech allows me to go more places, and stay in touch with family and friends I wouldn't otherwise talk to on a regular basis. This got me wondering — would you give up and live without your tech on a permanent basis?

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aistea311 aistea311 7 years
It is like geeksugar read my mind :( My iPhone stopped working as of this weekend due to water getting into where the home button is. (No more taking it to the gym) I have a working iPhone but there is no point in paying for a data phone if I cant use everything. As of yesterday I have simple Samsung flip and no real iPhone to use until I can upgrade for a decent price. I'm upset dont get me wrong, but hopefully I can get used to just using a cell phone for calls and not everything else (at least for now)
Dustin Dustin 7 years
There is no way in HELL I would ever (or could ever) give up tech permanently or temporarily. It's how I make my living.
blossommac blossommac 7 years
I love my ipod touch,my cellphone my macbook lol my facebook account to stay in touch with my friends i have to live for two months in a place with only access to Internet every 6 days only 1 or 2 hours in my turn. i used to live with out technology, doesn't miss me but after came back to the real world i was relief i have Internet again.
Akasha Akasha 7 years
During a trip to Morocco a couple of years ago, I discovered that all of my tech was pretty useless. There was no internet (except cafes) and the cell service was nonexistent. I did discover that I relied on my tech way to much to do simple tasks, and because of it I missed out on interacting with people. For example rather than asking people where a good restaurant was I would whip out my phone and goggle it. I found that at least on vacation I'm ready and able to ditch a large amount of my connectivity, and just go with the flow. Although I can't ditch all my tech after all I don't know what I'd do without my digital camera. The last time I traveled with a film camera I ended up going through 30 rolls of film and spending a fortune on developing.
mek123 mek123 7 years
No, I wouldn't want to give up tech. I don't always love it but it has become part of my way of life always staying connected.
NurseKimberly NurseKimberly 7 years
breeze42 breeze42 7 years
Oops, I meant to say 'the other day', not yesterday. I've been without for about a week now and it's going well =)
breeze42 breeze42 7 years
I randomly gave Facebook the boot yesterday. I've been using it for about 5 years and contemplated how much time I spend on it and have spent on it. I decided to deactivate for a while and see what it's like to live without it. So far, so good - I'm tempted every once in a while to sign in, but I miss it far less than I expected. I'm making the conscious decision to fill my time with other activities than the hours I used to spend on Facebook.
JustSomeDude JustSomeDude 7 years
Just to add another thought out there... JUST FOR THE RECORD.. Canadians pay way too much for cell phone plans. I've spoken to many colleagues in the US and they pay half of what we are paying. If price is what is driving you to get rid of your tech devices, all the power to you. In fact, I encourage many ppl who are in the same boat follow's time to control THEM!.. ya right..
syako syako 7 years
I think it's presumptuous to assume people who want to get rid of tech or who think tech is complicating their lives are just using it improperly... Why can't it be they tried it, used it correctly, and still just don't want it? I could definitely give it all up if I had to. I don't know if I would consciously decide that without something/someone/some event forcing me to do so, though. I'm with Tidalwave, I've slowly given up things that I used and found were a hassle or cost too much etc. Like texting and any other features on cell phones other than placing calls. Oh and I do love being on a vacation where there isn't cell phone reception, that's the best.
PiNkY-PiNk PiNkY-PiNk 7 years
no i wouldn't give up tech. i love technology. i DID give up social networking sites though. i neglect my myspace and never even got on facebook or twitter.
sparklemeetspop sparklemeetspop 7 years
When I lost my phone, I was devastated. But after a while, I felt really free. Most of the day, I'm by a landline or a computer for work, so people have a way of contacting me anyway.
JustSomeDude JustSomeDude 7 years
I can't imagine life without technology. It seemed a little blurry around the year 2000 but since then the tech gadgets we use today have evolved into a need and are no longer a 'want'. There was a certain point in time where cell phones were labelled as a "must have". A quick way to call a friend without the use of pagers or a payphone. This is true, but how many of us actually switched over right away? Cell phones today are not "must haves", they are a necessity to us all, as we enter a new world of fast paced operations. Everything is fast these days. You may wait and get impatient at times but next time you do, think about your life 15 years ago and how patient you were with EVERYTHING! Technology has made us answer the question.. No, I would never give up my social networking browsing and No I would never give up my cell phone. There just too damn important.. Wouldn't you say?
TidalWave TidalWave 7 years
I gave up twitter and don't miss it at all. I also reduced my text message plan so I hardly text anymore but I do really really miss that.
Sammi_784 Sammi_784 7 years
This is a thought provoking article. I think that those who find that technology is making their life more complicated are not using technology properly. I admit, there are so many gadgets out there and it can be intimidating if you've never really embraced it before. But once you've established which gadgets you can use to your advantage, you will find that technology will help rather than hinder. The same goes for social networks. If you find that they are complicating your life, I think it indicates that there is probably a better way for you to use them/you're not using the right sites.
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