This summer I went on a backpacking trip. I'm ready for the collective gasp...without a cell phone. I had NO technology with me. I lived this way for four days. It was a wonderful experience. When I do this, I become aware how people are afraid to do without their technology. It was quiet, peaceful and took me back to a time in my youth when we were free of such things. So, what is the longest YOU have gone without technology?
Before the days of cheaper roaming charges across Europe I routinely used to leave my smartphone in the glove box of my car parked at the airport while I jetted off.But since charges are now the same wherever I am in Europe my phone comes with me. I sometimes miss the tech free days, but its useful for keeping in contact with family.
I can't remember a day without technology, though in my youth I did without. I remember times forgetting my device and going without it for a couple of hours. It was relaxing. I would love to do it for a day every now and then, too. I have heard of going backpacking and such without technology. I think that is a great idea. I would be inclined to bring a camera, though.
I have gone for almost one and a half years without technology.It was the worst moments of my life.Technology is lie.We can not live without it.
I often camp for several days without cell service, and although our RV has a TV it has been turned on just once in 8 years, during a nasty storm when all the grandkids crowded into the RV for a couple hours.
But you youngsters don't understand - I was about 12 when I bought my first transistor radio to go on the handle bars of my bike! Brand new technology never before available - a whole radio no bigger than the palm of your hand!
I'm not ashamed to say I tried, I felt invigorated for a while. About one hour into it, I was positively dying.
Hmmmm . . . . totally technology-free (no cell phone)? Probably some time in the late 1980s. Due to my profession, I've always had to carry a pager or phone. I don't think I got a personal cell phone until the early 1990s. I admit, in recent years, I've had my cell phone on vacations. I may cut it off for a few hours but always check it.
I would love to go technology-free for an extended amount of time. I think social media access has added the addictive quality to why we can't put down our phones. Truth be told, I'm old school-anti technology. I held on to my Blackberry for years, didn't get an iPhone until 2016! Yes, 2016. I still have the 6s, lol.
Great question, Mike.
I grew up in a time without cell phones or home computers. We did just fine.
I think the problem is most people depend so much on their technology, they can't realize there is a life without it.
Years ago I went on a hike with a friend and his two teenage sons. We hit a dead zone and there was no cell service. These kids were very upset. After the hike we explained how they did fine without their cell phones. The 19-year-old responded "My life in on my cell phone."
I didn't know if that was sad, normal or how it is with many people.
I was never totally away from phone for days but I am probably a very controlled user of technology. Its been many times I forgot to take cell phone with me when leaving for school. I did not feel the necessity to go back home and get it. So its like at least 7 hours that I have stayed away from my phone. (everytime this happens)
I am in my 20s yet don't find technology very attractive. Of course, I use computer, phone, and every other tech for school work and other things but never really experienced any sort of dependance. I think I just prefer the company of a real person and doing real things over using cell phone.
I went to college when it was device free. I remember a student with a perfect copy of his assignment. I marveled. He said it was printed off a computer. I said, "Lucky!" My teacher said no it was "Costly."
All I know is that I can’t live without my computer. Like others here, I made it through college technology-free.
Hey! I had a slide rule - isn't that technology? And I had access to the only calculator on campus - a massive thing in the science department, bigger than 4 desktop computers today, that could even do square roots.
Yes, every time I travel to different places, especially if I'm into nature trip. I appreciate everything around me. I usually forget that I have a facebook account!
Sometimes when I think I can get away with it, I completely turn off my phone when I sleep at night. That's about the most I can get by without technology.
by Chad Young 7 years ago
Can you live without your cell phone for 1 week?are you so dependant on technology that you can't separate yourself from it for 1 week?
by Angela Joseph 5 years ago
Can you live without your cell phone for a day?Almost everyone seems to be using their cellphones constantly. Can you do without yours for a day?
by Money Fairy 6 years ago
I mostly use the library for the internet. I don't own a cell phone as I have to many other bills to pay for and can't afford one. I'm just wondering if anyone out there uses a real phone anymore and if anyone writes real letters anymore or is it all about texting and e-mailing and facebooking...
by Eric Calderwood 6 years ago
How important to you is your cell phone or smart phone and do you think you could live without it?
by Readmikenow 3 years ago
How long could you last without a cell phone and the internet?There was a time when these things did not exist. Society did survive. Could it survive once again without these things? Do members of society know how to survive without them? Are people too dependent on technology?
by beeejoe6989 8 years ago
can you apply by application on line for a free cell phone?
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