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
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.
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?