How Blind Would You Be Without Your Contacts?

When l am out walking these days, l see them everywhere l go – it seems that absolutely everyone has a smartphone or a variation of the said smartphone. It’s a rare occurrence if l see simply an old antiquated brick-like mine. Mine is an old phone, but truth be known, l never take my phone outside with me and it never leaves the house anyway – l could get hit and killed by a bus/car/bike, and because l carry no I.D. on me either, l would become a dead John Doe! No one would know me nor be able to leaf through my phone to even get a handle for me.

So l know l could survive without one … although in the ‘hit by moving object’ example others would probably cuss me for it … there is of course, my dental records!! Ha good luck with those!

Smartphone users especially seem to be glued to their devices every second of the day. I saw kids going to school the other morning, walking in groups or single convoy, and those that didn’t actively engage in an interactive conversation with each other were nose deep into their phones.

Bizarre behaviour indeed, one chap walked towards me, and when l first saw him, he was on the left of the pavement [l was on the right side] and was about 150 feet out from me and as he closed that gap and we passed each other, he hadn’t once looked away from his phone?

Blimey, l am a person that can get lost walking around a corner, never mind falling over my own feet if l don’t watch where l am going, but walking 150 feet with your face looking down, was quite impressive, l say so myself.

Not wise, perhaps, but kudos to the zombie walker for the achievement.

My mobile is a Nokia Mini – Brickster – the latter doesn’t exist as a brand, but it is a Nokia. I’m not too fond of mine and very rarely use it – it only has two numbers in the directory – Suze and my mother. I don’t use it to text or call anyone on it – it’s just there. You may recall, l wrote about it a few months ago [July] in But, you Need to Socialise …. and l toyed with the idea of just dumping it back then. I am still pondering the concept of just switching my contract to P.A.Y.G. because l pay £7 P.C.M. for a phone with all the features and benefits of a fancy-schmancy smartphone, yet l don’t have any need of it.

These last three months haven’t been wasted, though; l decided to switch to PAYG this week. £7 at my rate for probably last me for a good year if not longer, the fact is – l don’t use my phone. I use a landline, and even then, l don’t use that often either because l email people.

The question l that have which is burning a hole through my keypad is how lost you would feel or be without your cellphone, if, for instance, you lost it, or it had been stolen, or it broke? Or even if your battery ran out at the wrong time, or perhaps you are in an area with no coverage …?

I heard someone going nuts the other day because they had misplaced their phone, and the prospect of replacing it was not something the person was looking forward to. I even found out whilst researching the phenomena that there is now a name for that “Nomophobia”. Which stands for NO MObile PHone PhoBIA

Nomophobia

fear or worry at the idea of being without your mobile phone or unable to use it:
Many people suffering from nomophobia never switch off their mobile phones.
 More examples

Nomophobia is the fear of being out of mobile phone contact. Having no bars or a discharged phone is leading to anxiety and panic attacks in an increasing number of people.
Nomophobia is a rising trend among high school and college students.
Nomophobia has been proposed by psychiatrists as a specific phobia.
Nomophobia may be linked to social anxiety disorder.

How lost would you be without your cellphone/mobile phone? 

Alternatively, should you NOT have a mobile phone but only the use of a computer, how would you feel if you were experiencing issues with that for longer than a day?

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46 thoughts on “How Blind Would You Be Without Your Contacts?

  1. The irony is that it’s called a smartphone and the phone part is the least use I have for mine. I mostly use its GPS function which is invaluable when exploring the countryside, following routes on the OS map app.

    Then, on familiar walks, I’m in the habit of listening to podcasts on history, science and art. I’ll also use it to listen to music when out running.

    The third main use is to take casual photos, though I don’t do much photography these days.

      1. Well, if they took away the phone app on the smartphone, that wouldn’t be too hard to take. 😆

        It’s more like a swiss army knife, useful gadget for when out and about.

  2. I would go nuts without my iPhone. It’s my connection with my family, my blogging device and my music collection. Nopes, won’t be able to survive without it for a day! Pathetic!! Yes, but it’s the truth!

      1. Not my mind but my connection to the world. With many of my family away from me, I have to have my phone to remain in touch with them. The rest is entertainment, and as such not necessary but always welcome.

        1. So you wouldn’t miss the features so much as the ability to communicate.

          So choices between two Features and Communication – you can only have one and never have the other – you would select Phone over features then?

        2. But maybe that is easier if you think about it – so many people have what is now being classed as the ‘teddy bear syndrome’ with their phones, they don’t realise that they are being commercially programmed and manipulated by the so called convenience?

        3. Perhaps, but I’m not addicted to social media or news feeds. I just use my apps for blogging and phone for messages and calls.

        4. Not in that way. We don’t need to share our life here. No daily updates or status updates. It’s where we share our thoughts.

        5. But social blogging is now seen as a form of social media as opposed to directly writing media. Social media isn’t purely about sharing your life its about social communications – if people choose to share their life that is down to them.

          You share thoughts here Sadje, you talk of your life, your family – more so now than when you first joined in 2018.

          Many bloggers here are social bloggers, they treat blogging as a form of social community media here – you included, you enjoy chatting to people through the comments – the prime difference is thatyou write content, you share your mind to encourage social communications.

          That’s social media in the truest form 🙂

        6. Your definition differs from mine but you’re right that it’s is sharing of our lives and thoughts. In that case I can be said to be addicted to blogging/ social media too. How embarrassing to earn this label.

  3. I’ve forgotten my phone a couple times when I’ve gone out and it’s fine because I know I left it on my nightstand. But it’s actually a bad idea to not have it with me at all times, as there are no longer many pay phones to use in an emergency. For example, my car battery died a few weeks ago ~ it would have been super hard to deal with the situation if I had forgotten my phone. IfI actually LOST my phone I’d panic because of all the info on it. Yes, it’s locked, and I could wipe it remotely… but I’d still freak out!

    I’d be very frustrated and upset without a phone OR computer, since I’d have no way of reaching my kids…

  4. I would be lost without an internet connection – I conduct just about my whole life via email. Since I only leave my apartment to go to the doctor or grocery shopping and I need my smartphone to do that because I need to use an Uber to get to those places I don’t really think about losing my phone or misplacing it. It resides on my desk so on the rare occasion when it rings I usually let it go to voicemail because I’m not going to run to answer the phone. We got rid of the landline even before we had smartphones (we had cell phones but I had the text/messaging function shut-off from the provider end – it was back in the days when you paid for each incoming/outgoing call.) So how lost would I be without my smartphone? Well, I wouldn’t be able get to the few places I have to go. No car, no convenient mass transit=screwed.

    1. I would probably feel the loss of the internet connection more than the loss of the computer, but feel the loss of the computer as l wouldn’t need a connection if not for that. I can survive without it, but it’s mostly my research centre rather than communications.

  5. I’d be fine without my phone, but like Grace, I’d be lost without an internet connection. Necessary tasks would become much more difficult, and I’d lose blogging as my source of social contact.

  6. I have a cell phone. It’s strictly for use when I’m driving IN CASE there’s a car breakdown and I need to reach out and touch someone. Otherwise, the thing sits in my purse or car, untouched. I could NOT care less about having it, save for the whole “I’m gimpy and lame and halt and couldn’t walk very far without collapsing’ scenario. If I could walk? That thing would be off my gadgets list permanently.

    So I ‘get’ the convenience, but I will NEVER ‘get’ the mania. I don’t want to be ‘in touch’ 24/7/365. Like you I have a landline for that, and even then it’s hard for folks to call me unless I’m in the mood to talk to people.

    This attitude towards the whole “I DON’T WANT TO be connected via text or phone” stuff has caused my plugged in neighbors and acquaintances and family a lot of aggravation, but I’m equally as aggravated by the whole “let’s ignore the whole world IRL because we have a phone or device bull shit.” If the grid or the electricity ever goes away, those people with that phobia are screwed. And I’ll be laughing.

    1. Hey melanie, l am with you and your ideology concerning how people are with their emotional connections to their phones.

      The catch 22 is the internet connection, because without that l wouldn’t be able to do much, then if l didn’t have that, l would probably struggle with trying to rally and online business.

      Like you also, the whole shebang nonsense of 24/7/365 crap does my noggin in continually, one of my biggest rants is the so called connection to cellphone phobias.

  7. Hey, Rory! I’m with Grace, Ashley and Melanie. I use my landline or email to communicate. I’ve only used my cell phone in the car, when I was still driving. But, now, I keep it next to my computer so I can check it periodically to see if family has texted me and are expecting a reply. They like to text and the only way I can receive texts is with a cell phone. I do carry it with me when I go out, in case of emergencies. It provides a certain level of security, in that case.

    Bud uses his all the time. He likes having the convenience of being able to access technology whenever he wants, wherever he is. He says, also when you receive email notices of shopping specials the bar codes that are included are there to be used from the phone. You don’t have to print them out on a printer.

    1. Hey Betty, l agree there are many useful features to the phone, it’s not for me – l am quite old fashioned in some senses. i don’t want to be available to people all day everyday and love the luxury of being contactable and communicative – when l want and not when others think l should be.

  8. I was thinking back to when I first started working in the NHS back in 1990. I had to go to a meeting 200 Miles away. Seconds after leaving a call came into office that it was cancelled. No mobiles….. 4 hours later I arrived to find no meeting. Called work on a pay phone. Bought myself chips and headed back. Oh for a mobile

    1. Hey Gary, there are many excellent features to mobil phones l agree – l also remember the frustrations of trying to find a phone box that 1] worked and 2] in my location. The mobility of phones is great for mobile communication – although l think its technology has gone too far now and people don’t realise how brainwashed they are.

  9. Since I don’t have a landline or computer, I’d be pretty bummed. I don’t talk on the phone very often but texting is how I stay in contact with Younger, and Ben’s mama when she’s at work. I love the camera and the connection to the internet.
    If I had my girls & Ben with me, I could go a couple days with no connection, but I’d miss daily “chats” with friends.

    1. It’s more of the necessity really l am guessing – it’ll not be long when this kind of tech is the only kind of tech available l think.

      Landlines and sit down desktop computers will be seriously outdated in the next twenty years.

  10. My cell phone is important to me. My computer is more important. My television and air conditioning are important. My furnace is critically important in the winter. My wife is the most important of all.

  11. Hubby and I have separate cell phones, just in case. We haven’t had a landline phone in years. I just got a new phone because the battery was dying in my 5 year old Samsung phone.

    I use my phone for looking up stuff, music, taking photos, and the weather report. If we travel, we take our phones mostly because of the GPS and/or if we have an emergency.

    I don’t use my phone for blogging. I prefer to use my laptop because of the larger screen. We get mostly Robo calls, which is shown as such in the display, so we don’t bother to answer it.

    Our phones are great to have but we’re not constantly attached to them. Hubby and I are more attached to our computers. He plays the stock market and I blog.

  12. The only time I use my phone is while I’m in my car on long journeys, I barely touch it at home.

    But my tablet, and laptop – yeah, I would hate being without them because they have been a lifeline for me, especially with communicating with others due to my hearing loss.

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