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Life without Cell Phone

Updated on January 27, 2015

“Not returning phone calls is the severest form of torture in the civilized world.”
Marisha Pessl, Special Topics in Calamity Physics

“Somebody dialed the wrong number trying to reach me, but I didn’t pick up because I didn’t recognize the number, or the legitimacy of the situation.”
Jarod Kintz, This is the best book I've ever written, and it still sucks


A telephone cord used to make an excellent leash on people. Now metal chains work better.”
Jarod Kintz, This is the best book I've ever written, and it still sucks

“To me, a good friend is one who doesn't talk, but who listens all the time. Someone who is observant. Someone who wiretaps your phone lines. I consider myself a good friend.”
Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE

A Cell-phone

A Cell-phone is such an interesting gadget and it's getting remarkably smaller in size day by day and amazingly with all the possible Applications on it. It sure has become a very interesting machine. I have seen people carrying it everywhere...you name it such as bed, restroom, while bathing. No activity is a lonesome one anymore. We have it near us and we tend to navigate the APPs even while talking to someone or shopping.

Boy, where are our manners?

Dare to Experiment on yourself?

I would love to do this experiment on myself and wonder how many had already done it? Go without my cell-phone for just 1 day.

YES...just one day. That's what I have been saying that to myself....it's just a day...I can do it!!

But, then in an hour's time, I go looking for it. I check for missed calls. I scan all the possible APPs I have. And there, goes my experiment with just one conclusion that I am a weak headed person who cannot control myself. Gosh! that sure is disappointing.

I wonder how my life would be without a cell phone..DULL.

How would I keep myself entertained after doing all the norms of the day? How would I connect to the world? How would I know that all is well at the other end of my world i.e. my loved ones? I gotta keep up with my score of games and watch out for my friend's who score even out with me on games. I gotta keep it near me just in case of an emergency. I see myself running frantically with out it. You see...this is a world for winners so, how can I lay low for once...nay can't.

One of my hub mentions the importance of pollination vs having a cellphone.

Preservation of Nature, which is important to every soul.

I realize the importance of preserving nature. The bees were born to balance out our ecosystem. We are disturbing it by installing cell phone towers every where. It is not good for the bees. I guess, when we start seeing a drastic decline in the population of the bees we will begin to take action. We humans, are aware but I guess we love Luxury so, can't give up easily unless we get a bad kick in our ecosystem and we start seeing the effects.

Ponder over the below facts!

We should moderate the use of a cell phone. Attachment to anything is bad. In fact, Attachment can lead to sorrow. It can lead to misery. So, I guess we better learn now than being late and then repenting for it.

I have written a more elaborate hub on the effects of being attached vs. staying detached to material things, relationships in my below hub.

Before I advice anyone, I ought to moderate my usage of my cell-phone. This will affect my relationship with people by giving them respect when they are around me rather than calling them later and chatting OVER the phone.

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      Dr. Amilia 6 years ago

      Very interesting.

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      Ruchira 6 years ago from United States

      Thank you Dr. Amilia for your time and comment...appreciate it :)

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      fucsia 6 years ago

      I remember my life before cell phone.... many years ago!! Now, I can not live without it! Oh... I am slave?? Maybe... A little.... Very interesting argument, very brave experiment

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      Ruchira 6 years ago from United States

      And I have still not been able to achieve success in my experiment Fucsia :)

      Thanks for stopping by to read and comment...Appreciate it :)

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      shirishkoid 6 years ago

      I am doing this experiment..certainly.. Toda.. Tommor... Ok next week lol

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      Ruchira 6 years ago from United States

      yup, it sure is tough and I realized it when I repeatedly failed in it...after all, humans are SOCIAL ANIMALS ;)

      thanks for stopping by to read and comment shirishkoid...appreciate it!

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      Fay Paxton 6 years ago

      My last job, I was on call 24 hours a day. I had two cell phones. Once I left the job behind and no longer had the cell phone, I felt like I had been freed from shackles.

      Now my cellphone is for emergencies only. Nice hub.

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      Ruchira 6 years ago from United States

      Thank you Fay Paxton and I agree too much communication can actually ruin our lives ;)

      'Am glad you felt free from those shackles. Sure, must have been a relief :)

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      Reena Daruwalla 5 years ago from INDIA

      I frequently wonder how we functioned before cellphones and even more so how did we manage without internet search engines!

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      Sirisha 5 years ago

      I have come to realise of late that all forms of technology have taken their toll including emails, social media and cell phones. I dont use cell phones for anything except emergency/essential calls.

      I miss the days 15 years ago, when I came here as a student, when I would wait eagerly for the mailman to show up every week to see the letter from mom. That was my HIGHLIGHT for the week. My mom still emails me every week, writes on my facebook wall, we talk often but its not the same. There is no "personal" touch to any of these modern means of communication. The memory of the postman back home, riding on his bike , delivering the greeting cards/letters from my friend still brings a smile to my face.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      @Reena...remembering our school days when our elders had no such handy gadget around them. They were more focused than what we are today :)

      Regarding the internet search engines...I think we used to depend a lot on libraries then. our school projects...go to british library :)

      thanks for your wonderful input and it sure will be a wonderful ride to have a friend by my side and we both go hubbing :) Cheers!!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      @Sirisha...I agree. We are fortunate to have lived in such simpler times that we can always take a reverse gear and still drive :) I feel bad for this young children who get puzzled when their mom forgets the phone at home...LOL

      Thanks once again for your valuable comment...loved reading your view on it.

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      Reena Daruwalla 5 years ago from INDIA

      Yes British Library used to be a very significant feature all through childhood, and then college and even as adult!

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      ANIL KUMAR UPADHYAY 5 years ago from INDIA, UTTAR PRADESH STATE, KANPUR CITY

      Dear Ruchira,

      I think that the usage of Cell phone has enabled us in the situation of loss of memory. Before the incarnation of Cellphone, I could remember at least 30 to 40 land line phone numbers. But depending on the memory of the cellphone, I have not a single phone number to be remembered. Whenever, the sim card is out of order or the cellphone is not in a working condition, the reason whatever may be, I am helpless. More or less, I think, in my opinion it is the decaying capacity of a human being which is gifted by the nature and we are failure to maintain the same.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Hello aupadhyay,

      Well said indeed!!

      Technology is good but, it has impaired human beings to a greater extent.

      Thank you once again for such an insightful comment.

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      Manoj Kumar Srivastava 5 years ago from India

      Ruchirs,

      Greetings from MAKUSR. Great hub has multidimensional thrust. Cell phone is the only thing about which men think smaller the better. As for your experiment I often do it by forgetting it to carry. About birds and bees. Alongwith bees, sparrows have also suffered and once abundant bird is no longer seen frequently. So here comes the necessity of sustainable development. Good hub!

      Lots of Love,

      MAKUSR

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Hello Makusr,

      Always a pleasure to hear from you. I am happy that you are not bonded by your phone. Yes, it's implications on our birds is not good.

      Thank you for stopping by :)

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      kikalina 5 years ago from Europe

      excellent hub

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Thanks kikalina :)

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I think I could live without my cell phone but don't really want to try :)

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      haha..Susan then how will you know that you can live without it :)

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      Wallabies RWC15 5 years ago from 3rd rock from the sun

      What a great hub subject. It's bad enough having to check email while on holiday - I just turn off my cell phone, otherwise your mind can never switch off!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Wallables,

      I am glad you agree with the above.

      Yes, a phone is very addictive and IF we can do the above...then Jai Ho to you!!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      baby angel 5 years ago

      livin with out a cell sux boooooooooooo i am lonly geez i hate it

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      ammu 5 years ago

      yeah... i did it for one day.. but it is somehow difficult to manage it... so bouring.. but i spent maximum time with my family members and friends with direct conversation...

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Hello baby angel,

      no problem...it was just a suggestion :) Good luck anyways!

      Hello Ammu,

      I am glad you tried it even though you were surrounded with family n friends. Good luck in your next venture!

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      Abhishek 5 years ago

      I take d point dat one can get too much immersed in thes things..but it seems dat learning appropriate behaviour is d best solution my generation has.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Well said Abhishek...every thing in moderation is GOOD and if humans tend to go beyond it..it becomes an addiction :)

      wishing you luck in your future ventures!

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      tony 5 years ago

      couldn't do it i need to be in touch 24/7

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Thanks tony for trying and wishing you luck in your future endeavors!!

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      Violet47 5 years ago

      very intersting and funny! It helps me a lot in essay and it made me realize that cell phone is not so important after all.:P

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Great Violet. I am happy that you realized it :) Cheers!

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      ????? 5 years ago

      wow,verry interesting!!!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Thanks ????? :)

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      VINAYAK PARANJPE 5 years ago

      excellent hub! R we becoming slaves of these?

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      An enlightening hub! For the past few years, I was extremely attached to my cellphone and chatted with more than a dozen people. Now, my new attachment is my laptop. You are right - being too attached to anything is not good and this could lead to negligence of good family life and other important things in life. I am surprised to learn that installing cellphone towers has affected the population of bees very much! Your hub serves as an eye-opener for many, including me!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up.

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Hi Vinayak,

      Yes, I think we are becoming slaves of it...don't you think so? Cheers!

      Hi ishwarya22,

      I am also attached to my computer...thanks to HP :) Gotta restrict it.

      Yes, bees are getting affected and we should TRY to limit ourselves. Thank you for your kind words and dropping by. Always a pleasure to hear from you!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Ruchira, I am not too bad without my phone, but I must admit that it does feel strange when I can't find it in my handbag! lol!

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      I so agree with you, Nell.

      I need my phone 'cause it's my security. don't play much with it's apps etc.

      thanks for your feedback!

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      Corson 4 years ago

      Please. This isn't hard at ALL after about the first two hours. Just don't use it.

      I haven't had a cell phone in almost five months now. It's really not that big of a deal, with facebook, WiFi everywhere, almost every resturaunt has a phone and every library has a free computer you can get on, and add to that the possibility of sharing a phone with someone if you're in an "emergency."

      Cell phones are irrelevant on a LOT of levels.

      Computers, on the other hand.....

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Agree with you Corson :) cheers!

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Hi Ruchira, this is a very interesting hub. Several months ago, I watched a program on TV. An experiment was conducted to see how many high school and college students could drive without being tempted to pick up their cell phones to text, make calls or just check for missed calls. It was nearly impossible for the students to drive without having to reach into their purses or pockets so I can imagine how difficult it must be for most people to go without a cellphone even if it's for one day.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Interesting. I got my cell phone years ago for safety when traveling. That's really all I need it for besides long distance. I have a home phone. I don't like being on the phone, anyway. Since I work on my laptop, that's what I use to check on things. Maybe people with fancy cell phones don't rely on their computers as much? I don't know. I sometimes forget to even check my cell phone for days sometimes! I don't care much for phones at all. Neat hub!

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      slave of the cell phone 3 years ago

      see i cnt just live with out cell phones but still i will try to dis experimenter so that i can test ma self that i can relax ma mind!! :P thank u it will really help ma brain love ya bye bye :D

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Wow! All I did was read the title and I almost had a panic attack! After reading the hub I realized that I might need a break, a very short one, but I could never be without one. It's my personal assistant that works for FREE! :)

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