Monday, October 31, 2016

What Would You Give Up?

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We are living in such an interesting time, where technology is involved in every part of life.  School, work, entertainment, community; it all seems to happen right on my iPhone. 

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People are more attached to their cell phones than ever before.  It easily connects us to activities, keeps us updated on where our kids are, provides a way for us to communicate with family and friends far away (or right down the street).  U.S. Cellular provides an amazing 4G LTE network that allows us to stay connected without interruption.

Entertaining survey results

I think back to my own childhood of sitting on my corded land line phone with my best friend, while we watched TV (General Hospital if you are wondering!).  Now, instead of sitting on a land line all afternoon, my kids are able to communicate through facetime with their friends and family, and it is like being right there with them, which is especially nice since our family does not live close by.  So having the opportunity to use this technology is definitely a benefit for us!

Did you know that 60% of smartphone owners say they couldn’t make it longer than a few hours without checking their smart phone?

In fact, there was an entertaining survey done recently about “what would you give up?”

Some surprising things that people would give up before giving up their smart phone:

Chocolate (72%) – This one definitely surprised me!  Americans (and women) love their chocolate.  But, more than 7 out of 10 people would rather give up chocolate than their smart phone!

TV (65%) – This one is not as surprising to me, I often will watch shows on my iPhone, especially at night when I should be trying to sleep!  There are so many ways to stream shows and movies these days, getting rid of the TV seems easy enough.

Caffeine (63%) – I’m not sure that I could give up caffeine…or my iPhone.  I have given up caffeine over the years several times, most notably when I was pregnant, however, after a few months of sleepless nights, I always seem to be back on the caffeine bandwagon.

Pets (50%) – I laughed a little when I read this one!  We don’t have any pets right now, but I can’t just picture someone looking at their cute little puppy and saying “sorry Fido, I just need to keep my cell phone.”  Maybe these people are cat owners?

And for the final ridiculous one:

Food (33%) – A full one-third of respondents would rather go hungry than give up their smart phone.  I’m pretty sure that if given the choice I would still choose food…but maybe that is just me!


What would you be willing to give up for your smart phone?

22 comments:

  1. I'll just go ahead and say it - I would not give up any of these for my phone. haha Maybe I'm weird? But I love my chocolate, food and caffeine way too much!

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  2. This is wild! I am attached to my phone for work related reasons, so I am pretty bad about having it. I would NEVER give up food or my pet for my phone!!

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  3. I gave up caffeine a long time ago, so I guess I can't say that one! I'm not sure what I would give up, but I do know that I am way too attached to my iPhone. I check it many times every hour, except for when I'm asleep.

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  4. I have such FOND memories of talking on the land line, curling that cord around my finger! But... if I had to give up something, chocolate it is. Never been a bit fan (its true!)... so... that would be ok by me!

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  5. It's hard as a blogger to limit cell phone usage. But it's so important to have this conversation with young kids that are new to phones.

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  6. I would love to give up my smart phone but unfortunately this day and age it's hard to live without.

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  7. I would also still choose food. We never had these smartphones before, but I agree with House Eclectic, it's hard not to have one at this day and age.

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  8. Oh I'd totally give up TV for my phone, I don't watch much. As a blogger it's become a necessity, I'm writing to you on mine right now. :)

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  9. My phone makes me feel safe. I can contact my family and not worry about them. I can read a book, check my work email, watch a movie. I can order food, or send a quick ecard to my best friend. All this adds up to why I want my cell phone over the rest. Thanks for the thinking today!

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  10. I am totally OK without smart phone access. My friends all laugh at me b/c they never know when I'm away on vacation. I'm not posting pics every second and sharing my vacation experience with the world. I put my phone away the entire time my family and I are together.

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  11. This is crazy lol! Can't believe the things people would rather give up than their cell phones. It's so sad how attached we are to our phones. We try really hard as a family to set "family" time where cell phones are not allowed. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. I have to say that I love my smart phone, but sometimes it is more of a burden than a convenience to me. I need my phone for work, but otherwise, I could do without it.

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  13. For me my phone is work. Whether connecting with clients or gyms, other PTs/instructors or simply posting to social media. We gave up TV though. We have a projector for netflix etc but no cable service. Way happier without it :)

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  14. No, I wouldn't be able to give anything up for my cellphone. Maybe, just maybe caffeine but it's a big maybe lol. I need my phone way too much!

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  15. I could give up TV, but I wouldn't be willing to give up a lot of the other things you mentioned! I live off of caffeine.

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  16. Hehehe both cellphones and caffeine are life lines to me. I would probably die without either one lol.... I say they are better than other addictions out there so it's all good in my book ;-)

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  17. I have a cat and I would never ever choose him over my cell phone? So many those people don't actually like pets? Our baby is part of the family! I would sooner toss the phone than my feline.

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  18. This is interesting to think about! Actually, I would love someone to take my phone away for a while :-) However, I think I could give up most things on the list, except my pets...I could never give up my loves!

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  19. I would give up chocolate, because I don't really eat it that much. 50% of people would give up their pets?!? They sounds like such horrible people. Whenever I am somewhere without any service, I'm like, well my phone is basically useless now. I don't think I would give up much for my smartphone. Maybe TV!

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  20. I'm not attached to my smartphone, so I can easily go without for several hours! Now, my computer - that's a completely different story.

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  21. I cannot believe people would actually give up their pets! I'm definitely more attached to my phone than I'd like to admit, but I'd probably give up chocolate!

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  22. I would probably have to go the opposite direction :) Although I can say that having a smart phone has made me give up a landline, routine non-work computer usage, and use of my camera, since it operates as all three in one. Last night I actually dreamed that I had an old flip phone and I thought it was so fun!! Truthfully I wish that I didn't have to be dependent on a cell phone and day dream of not having one. I have eliminated social media from my phone and currently deactivated my FB and it's been fabulous. This month I also blew through my data plan so I've been using my phone sparingly in the last week or so and it's been FABULOUS. Beyond texting family & friends and the occasional usage of googlemaps, there's really been not much other need for it. It's given me much to reflect on. I also don't allow my students to use their phones during our three hour night class--it's distracting, disrespectful to fellow classmates and instructors, and there is a lot of research showing that constant access and checking of technology is rewiring our brains....so I argue that I'm giving them the opportunity to press pause for a few hours-ha! :) Hope you're having a great weekend!

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