If you had to give up one of your five senses, which would you choose?

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  1. DanaTeresa profile image79
    DanaTeresaposted 10 years ago

    If you had to give up one of your five senses, which would you choose?

    Would you rather give up sight, hearing, touch, taste, or smell?
    Why did you choose as you did?

  2. Sunshine625 profile image87
    Sunshine625posted 10 years ago

    Smell or taste. I would never want to lose my sight, hearing or touch. I have a very good sense of smell to the point where I annoy myself and others with comments. Haha! Also taste is nice to have, but I could do without if I had to.

    1. DanaTeresa profile image79
      DanaTeresaposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      haha! nice answer!  i have a lousy sense of smell! I would give up taste. I am a bit of a food addict. I will eat just for the taste of it. I get a sort of high! Losing that might get me to finally drop a few pounds!

    2. Sunshine625 profile image87
      Sunshine625posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      That could be a good way to lose weight, but hopefully you don't lose your taste! smile

    3. xstatic profile image61
      xstaticposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I think Sunshine got it right!

  3. midget38 profile image87
    midget38posted 10 years ago

    I would say smell. Losing that is a little easier to adjust to.

  4. HLPhoenix profile image61
    HLPhoenixposted 10 years ago

    What a provocative question... I've been thinking on it and as my vision and hearing are both starting to fail a bit already... I know for sure I never want to give either of them up. Touch, to be able to touch the ones you love, the earth to feel it crumble in your hands, to plant a flower... no I couldn't give up touch. Taste or smell? ...I've heard that if you can't smell your sense of taste diminishes as well, hummm... but my first sister-in-law just loved the taste of so many things but swore she had almost no sense of smell... not to taste a snowflake on your tongue... or a french fry with white vinager and gravey... awww, but I would be a lot thinner...: smile  Of course there are a lot of bad smells, but smell can warn you of danger too... shoot I'm writing a darn hub here... smell goes! French Fries Rule.

    1. DanaTeresa profile image79
      DanaTeresaposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      wow! what a thoughtful answer. i like your thought process. it is similar to mine. i think i would have picked smell if i wasn't practitally eating myself to death for the love of taste!

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    nikashi_designsposted 10 years ago

    Without hesitation I would say smell which would more than likely affect taste. Couldn't image living without sight or touch.

    1. DanaTeresa profile image79
      DanaTeresaposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      smell seems to be a popular one. and yes, from what i know if you cannot smell you cannt taste quite as well.

  6. peachpurple profile image83
    peachpurpleposted 10 years ago

    i would give up the sense of taste. I don't mind if i couldn't figure out the taste coz every food that goes into my mouth goes out in the toilet every day. Waste of time!

  7. Daisy Mariposa profile image74
    Daisy Mariposaposted 10 years ago

    If I had to make such a choice, I would give up taste. When I smelled most foods I was eating, the memory of what the food tasted like would be triggered.

  8. dghbrh profile image80
    dghbrhposted 10 years ago

    I would prefer to sacrifice Taste. Very interesting question so far. Thank you.

  9. JayeWisdom profile image89
    JayeWisdomposted 10 years ago

    I wrote a poem about this very topic/question, and it's published here on HubPages. The title is "Dilemma."  It gives my answer and explains my reasoning.

  10. wqaindia profile image39
    wqaindiaposted 10 years ago

    Interesting question after a long period. Humorously speaking you could have added commonsense also. Thank God I have the commonsense to decide that I can do without smell. While passing through street I can smell what is being cooked and where. I will get rid of the temptation.

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    khmohsinposted 10 years ago

    Honestly, i don't want to lose any of these senses, i really need and know the importance all of them. So i would like to lose my smell. It is little bit less important than sight, hearing, touch and taste.

  12. josephbarrett profile image58
    josephbarrettposted 10 years ago

    I would like to compromise with my smell sense, i don't know what is the reason but i think it is easy to give up with this sense.

  13. Cristale profile image84
    Cristaleposted 10 years ago

    I would have to also say taste or smell. The other senses seem too important when compared to tasting or smelling bad things.

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    JThomp42posted 10 years ago

    That would be the sense of smell. Since, I have already lost it several years ago due to a traumatic event in which left me in ICU.

  15. mary615 profile image83
    mary615posted 10 years ago

    If I had a choice, I'd give up smell.  That choice might not be a good one, though.  What if the house were on fire??
    I get so annoyed when I sit next to someone wearing a heavy perfume, or if someone has bad breath!  OR:  if someone nearby does what we all have to do at times and it smells pretty bad!  My dog is bad to do this when we are sleeping together.

  16. wayne barrett profile image75
    wayne barrettposted 10 years ago

    Well, believe it or not, I'm going to say hearing. Sight and touch are out of the question. I know most if not all answered taste or smell, and I probably would have answered the same way, but as it so happens, I saw a special on a celebrity who contracted a disease in which he lost the ability to taste. The program made me realize how much we depend on those senses, not for pleasure, but for survival. The individual mentioned ended up becoming extremely depressed, he became anorexic, and eventually committed suicide. I can only imagine that not being able to hear would be horrible, but I could survive. I could learn other means to communicate. I would miss laughter the most...but I would know that they were laughing as I enjoyed the anchovies on my pizza!

    1. DanaTeresa profile image79
      DanaTeresaposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      wow. awesome answer. i never thought it would be that awful to not be able to taste. hmmm. you have me wondering if i should reconsider my answer!

    2. HLPhoenix profile image61
      HLPhoenixposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I realized after reading your choice Wayne, that we are all just thinking about this issue from a personal point of view... my dad is stone deaf lives far away and it is horrible not to be able to speak to him by phone.. complicated question...

    3. Anna Haven profile image73
      Anna Havenposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Great answer, I had never even thought about the importance of taste before reading your reply.

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  18. penlady profile image61
    penladyposted 10 years ago

    I would give up smell. I have a strong sense of smell, and a lot of things I smell do not smell good!

  19. NicoleMessenger profile image62
    NicoleMessengerposted 10 years ago

    I would without doubt say smell.. Yes , I would miss the smelling the roses or anything pleasant but no regards in bad and tasteless ones. Don't think I would function properly without sight, hearing, touch and taste. So, smell is the choice for me.

  20. Barbara Kay profile image74
    Barbara Kayposted 10 years ago

    I have a sister that is half deaf and is going blind. I think those two senses would be the worst to lose. If you couldn't touch, you'd be hurting yourself all the time. I'd have to say the sense of smell, although I've heard that is linked to taste. Without taste, we may never want to eat. That would be bad too.

  21. Valorie Esquilona profile image61
    Valorie Esquilonaposted 10 years ago

    I would give up my sight because I think I'm being blinded by the things that surround me and those things give me the ideology of what the standards of beauty are.  I want to appreciate the real beauty of life and people.  I want to see things which my eyes cannot see.

  22. Maggie Bennett profile image60
    Maggie Bennettposted 10 years ago

    I could live with out the sense of smell.....the others are necessary.

  23. Anna Haven profile image73
    Anna Havenposted 10 years ago

    I would agree with most of your other answers and say smell. I think if you could still taste  food then it would still be appetising even without the tempting odours wafting up. Losing sight would be really difficult as I can't imagine not seeing my little people growing up and changing. Touch is another sense which would be hard to lose as I think that you would probably feel quite isolated and lonely, if you couldn't even feel a cuddle.


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