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Would You Be Able to Survive a Week Without Gadgets?

This may be TMI, but I often have moments when I think my cell phone is in my coat pocket or bag and I pat down both like a madwoman until I find it. The moment I realize it's not in its "usual spot," anxiety sets in, my heart starts racing and panic takes over my entire body. I'm not the only one who can't stand the idea of being disconnected. Meet Dennis Neil, the managing editor of Forbes magazine. Dennis was featured on a Today Show special last year, which tested the limits of individuals being unplugged from technology. He was to live without his cell phone, BlackBerry, and two laptops for an entire week . . . Could he do it?

After watching this video on Lifehacker, I couldn't help but sympathize with Dennis who had to rely on pay phones and land lines to make and return phone calls. After only forty hours into the experiment, Dennis broke down after the thought of being unreachable to his 6-year-old daughter was too much to bear. "Staying in touch becomes addictive," he says, "when you cut off communication, you cut off connection." What do you think? Could you survive being disconnected?

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