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Are you addicted to your Mobile Phone?.

Discussion in 'Personal' started by install, Jan 25, 2020.

  1. install

    install Star commenter


    Do you sleep with it? Use it in the bath/ on the loo? Can you cope without it for at least 30 minutes?

    How many hours a day do we use our mobile phones? I am just about managing 2 hrs a day - but it's tough! :eek:
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  2. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    No, not at all. I don’t take it upstairs at all and often forget it when I go out.

    My iPad though. That’s another thing entirely.
  3. sbkrobson

    sbkrobson Star commenter

    Funny you ask that, because last night I took my phone to bed with me for the first time ever, and put it under my pillow when I finally rolled over to sleep. But when I woke up it was gone and I found a pound coin in it's place!
    F***ing bluetooth fairy.
  4. needabreak

    needabreak Star commenter

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  5. install

    install Star commenter

    He he.

    I dropped mine last night in the bedroom. And scarily the Alexa device also in the room said 'Can I help?'

    I answered back 'Sshhhh'
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  6. needabreak

    needabreak Star commenter

    Yes (next to me on the bedside table, I use the alarm function... No clock, and Calendar), no (that's unhygienic) yes... Too many hours... Emails, coms, alarms, alerts, smart home...
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  7. monicabilongame

    monicabilongame Star commenter

    No. Anyone who wants to contact me knows to use the landline number because my mobile is normally switched off.
    Or they can email me, or write me a letter.
  8. install

    install Star commenter

    I think I need normality again or maybe I am being too romantic about the days of pre-mobile phones. A normal phone with a voice at the end where I can say: 'Why are you ringing me at this time of night?'

    These mobiles are everywhere. I think I have ten old ones in drawers too!
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  9. sbkrobson

    sbkrobson Star commenter

    Aaaah, yes! letters!
    I remember them.
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  10. smoothnewt

    smoothnewt Star commenter

    I've only had a mobile (smartphone)for the past year. I switch it off overnight. I use a landline for making calls. A smartphone is useful (bus and train times, etc) but I can take it or leave it.
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  11. Laphroig

    Laphroig Lead commenter

    I rarely know where mine is so find my phone is the most used app on my iPad.
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  12. rouxx

    rouxx Lead commenter

    I find if I'm doing nothing much, I can waste hours fiddling around with it. Then I worry that I am addicted but...

    If I'm busy, I forget I have one and messages notifications etc have piled up to ridiculous proportions.
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  13. grumbleweed

    grumbleweed Star commenter

    Yes when I'm out.. I travel a lot on public transport and that and my kindle are my company. But no I don't have it at the dining table, bedside, bath or loo.
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  14. install

    install Star commenter

    I recall a lesson whereby I tried to explain how 'in the olden days' people used to send hand written letters to each other. The class were all staggered that such precious time was wasted on long distance writing for communication.

    They saw hand writing as something only done in class and exams.
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  15. rouxx

    rouxx Lead commenter

    I always swore I would never have it by my bedside, but then my dog ate my alarm clock (more or less) and I live somewhere where it isn't easy to get stuff...so ended up using it.
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  16. Jamvic

    Jamvic Star commenter

    Stop thinking of it as merely a phone (in the old sense of the word) and think of it as a multi-tool. Then compare your use of it to what you would have had next to you or utilised throughout a day in the past. It’s not just a phone.

    Basically we use them a lot because they’ve replaced the need to use many other things.

    So in answer to your questions...

    Sleep with it there: Yes.

    It’s on the bed table while I sleep sometimes playing an audiobook. But in the past an alarm clock/radio/iPod/book would have been there instead.

    Use it in the bathroom: Sometimes.

    It’s on the cupboard in the bathroom if I’m listening to an audiobook or music while relaxing in the tub. But in the past a radio or book would have been in there instead.

    On the loo: No.

    :confused: Ugh!

    Cope without it for 30 minutes: Yes.

    Anything not essential for keeping your body running (like breathing) that you can’t cope without for 30 minutes is a problem that needs urgently addressing.

    How many hours a day of use? Loads.

    No more however than if you added up the total hours I would have used or needed the things below over the period of a day in the past. My smartphone can mostly provide me with access to all these items/services whenever I need it to.

    Crossword puzzles/sudoku & games
    Step counter/health monitor
    iPod/cd player
    Laptop including emailing
    Birthday/event Reminders
    Shopping lists
    Tv / news / weather reports /
    Shopping trip/window shopping
    Video calling
    Catalogue browsing
    Paying bills
    Library access via app
    Travel agents/ holiday searching & booking
    Estate agents. House hunting/browsing

    I’m sure there’s stuff I’m forgetting here.

    Anyway the minute they invent one that can load the dishwasher and make me a cup of tea my OH is getting made redundant :D.
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  17. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    My mobile is recharged at night in my bedroom. I use it only for calls, texts and the clock alarm. I often forget to take it downstairs in the day. Generally I check it half a dozen times per day to see if there are any texts or missed calls.

    I have never downloaded an app. Can't see what use I'd have for ine, whatever they are. I hate the small screen and needing reading glasses to see text. Laptop or tablet are all I need for online usage.
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  18. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    Mine too! I only ever use it to communicate with Mrs Shedman. If she has to go to a hospital appointment, the parking is so awful and expensive I usually drop her off and go to a nearby supermarket for a drink and a read of the paper. She texts me to pick her up when she's done. Similarly, if we go into town and go our different ways we sometimes text as to where to meet up and that's about it.

    I never give my mobile number to anyone else, I just say I don't have one. If people want to contact me they use the land line. I managed perfectly well before mobile phones came along and will do so in the future.

    One the topic of mobile phones, I wanted to top up with Virgin mobile with a credit card I had registered. I just use PAYG. Because it had been about 4 years since I last topped up on that card they had blacklisted me! I tried to register another card but no, there was no way I could top up using a card and had to wait to be contacted by their so-called customer service department. The reason I had been blacklisted was because I didn't spend enough on their services. After a few strong but courteous words to someone in an Indian call centre I eventually got a card registered with them but to be frank I don't think I'll bother topping up by card again. I can get an airtime voucher from the local shop when I go in for a paper and it avoids all that hassle.

    While we're still on mobile phones, it really annoys me when people have them glued to their ear when they're being served at a counter or till - extremely bad manners. Then there are the mobile phone shouters followed by the parents who gaze transfixed at their phones while their kids run riot in cafes and restuarants and then you're in the park, beach or street and people walk along like zombies flicking their screens. There's no doubt that mobile phones are great devices it's just that some people have let them dominate their lives.
  19. Jamvic

    Jamvic Star commenter

    Totally agree with all of this. Especially parents ignoring young children trying to talk to them in favour of chatting on or looking at their phones. I have to bite my lip to avoid saying something acerbic when I see this happening.
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  20. Wotton

    Wotton Lead commenter

    Only switch mine on when I leave the house and it's not a smart phone.

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