Why You Need to Stop Checking Your Phone All the Time

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3/30/2013 6:00 PM   :  28 comments   :  21,003 Views

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  • 28
    We (husband and I) have cell phones because we are most likely not in the same place at the same time, and we live 800+ miles from our nearest immediate family. Our smartphones allow us to keep in touch with each other, family, and friends who all live far away. He also worries about me because we live in a large city, and I work in an area that is crime-prone. I'd probably never have made it here initially if I didn't have GPS or the ability to track when my bus would arrive (public transportation is the only way I get around).

    It's not necessary to be completely absorbed in one's phone 24/7, but to write them off completely as a waste and distraction is short-sighted. People should be mindful of distracted walking/driving (as in, DON'T DO IT), but the resources provided by my smartphone are beneficial. I personally think land line phones are outdated. - 9/8/2014   12:37:19 PM
  • FOXLEE
    27
    Im going to adopt this approach. We are all so obsessed with our gadgets! Thanks for sharing - 8/20/2014   8:29:41 AM
  • 26
    Heh... I'm one of those people looking at my phone as I walk down the sidewalk. I make a point of putting it away when I cross the street though. I may be completely technology absorbed but I like to think I'm not a Darwin award waiting to happen. - 6/25/2014   12:43:10 PM
  • 25
    I have a love-hate relationship with cell phones. There is a time and place for them. I've been guilty of checking my phone while at dinner, etc. I'm learning. My only pet peeve is receiving a happy birthday text ... I HATE that, I'd rather receive a call wishing me a happy birthday so I can hear the voice. I also don't like receiving invitations via text, now that is so impersonal. - 3/26/2014   9:37:27 AM
  • 24
    As a home health nurse in the past and now a wound care nurse (where we go to peoples homes) a smart phone IS a necessity, you have to call your patients and let them know if you are running late due to traffic, weather, emergency at other patients, try to call them if you can't get an answer at their door, call their family to make sure they are ok if you don't get an answer on the phone, call the doctor and have the doctor call you back with new orders given a certain problem...and let me tell you that the doctor does not call back when its convenient EVER -- its also a note reminder, schedule reminder, gps all built into one. I do not text and drive, and I do use my blue tooth for safety but ...cells are a necessity in todays world for many people, not just a desire. - 1/19/2014   1:54:55 PM
  • RACEWELLWON
    23
    Cell phones and texting , I feel have created a generation of real communication between people and family , its very easy to hide behind a machine you can be anyone - to much technology - what happens when the lights go off ? So much more to life than to be a prisoner to an object. - 1/19/2014   11:04:02 AM
  • 22
    I find it hilarious that people finally realize that a "rest day" really is good for the body! The Holy Creator wasn't joking when He declared the Sabbath Day a day of "Rest" - and in most other languages, their words for what we (English language) call "Saturday" (7th day) including Sabbados, Shabbat, etc all mean......(drumroll please).... "Rest". It also happens to be a day of worship, but for those not spiritually minded, it still works as a rest day, whether one believes in the spiritual aspect or enjoys the "religious" aspect of the day or not. - 12/10/2013   2:34:36 PM
  • 21
    Distracted walking - the newest trend. Dangerous, too. Pedestrians are being injured and killed because they are unaware of their surroundings - 12/10/2013   9:51:01 AM
  • 20
    Thanks for sharing! - 12/10/2013   9:23:34 AM
  • 19
    I was a grocery checker for 5 years after my career job was eliminated just before I would have been able to retire. Anyway I think it is very rude to talk or text while your groceries are being checked. I would not talk (other than say Hi) to the customer as obviously they were busy on their phone while I was waiting on them. Then to be accused of not being friendly enough by the same customer!!!!! - 11/10/2013   2:47:09 PM
  • 18
    I do not love my cell phone but I do find it a real blessing. My daughter bought it for me when she had her learner's permit and I drove her to work and back. She worried in case I had car trouble, esp out in the country, or was delayed in picking her up. Her hours are strange as she is a 911 dispatcher and works from 6 pm to 6 am or from 7 pm to 4 or 5 am. Those can be dangerous times on the road and I also had to drive her no matter the weather as it's an essential service.
    I have a very basic phone and still use it mainly for emergencies or if I'm away from home my children make arrangements to meet or share news etc. by text as texting is free and unlimited. Always observe phone manners--not in restaurants, theatres, libraries or church--not even texts. If it's an emerg. I excuse myself, leave and make my reply andmine is not a music box or game box etc. - 9/8/2013   5:48:31 AM
  • 17
    I have a home phone since it is part of a bundle plan and is only $5.00 of it. I am on disability and home most of the time. I do have a cell - plain old talk and try to text if you have to with not much time per month that is free. I use maybe 20 minutes a month on the high end. . Like said above, my cell stays in my purse cause I want it if on the road and something happens. Also daughter and granddaughter have number in case I might be gone and they need me. That is really the only "in" calls" I would get. There are no pay phones because of all thle cells, so if something happens, your best bet is to have something you can call for help on. If I had the money though, I would get one with the net, navigation, music and all of that stuff on it. It is an all in one piece of small technology. Still will not talk and drive at the same time and wouldl never try to text for any reason while on the road - 4/7/2013   9:25:33 AM
  • 16
    Have to disagree that 'nobody' needs a cell phone. Once upon a time, there were pay phones scattered throughout the cities, and you could always find a way to call home in an emergency. No longer true. And out here in the country, there are no pay phones at all -- nearest one I know of is over 17 miles away.

    After a minor car problem necessitated my walking 4.5 miles home in the dark, my husband has forbidden me to ever leave the house without my phone. Cell phones are not obnoxious; they are only communication devices. Cell phone users, on the other hand...

    - 4/1/2013   11:27:27 PM
  • 15
    My smart phone is the only way I use SPARK - 4/1/2013   3:35:16 PM
  • 14
    i love my cell phone. i have a smartphone that is my only phone. i use it to look up new recipes on different sites. i have spark recipes app all recipes app and pintrest app. usually though my phone is my music. pandora and my own music playlist. i use it on walks with headphones i plug it into the aux jack on the home stereo and listen to my music all day. my phone only gets used as an actual phone a few times a day haha. - 4/1/2013   3:00:03 PM
  • 13
    One thing I've never had to worry about is a checking a cell phone as I've never had one and don't plan on ever having one. Especially since the last job I had accused me of talking on one instead of working... it was actually girl that sat beside me that was talking on one cell phone while texting on another. - 4/1/2013   3:22:45 AM
  • 12
    I love my cell phone but I certainly have no desire to text others if i'm in the company of friends, and why would anyone with half a brain stem text and walk or text and drive! Come on people! Find some balance or rethink what all things in moderation really is. - 3/31/2013   9:00:18 PM
  • 11
    I have a no contract phone with web access, but it is not a smart phone. I use the web to check real-time bus arrival, and track on SP, that's it. I do check to see if I have missed calls or texts, but maybe once or twice a day. - 3/31/2013   3:11:45 PM
  • 10
    I have to, but not for messages. I have pay-as-you-go service. I will not have unnecessary credit checks!

    I also am pretty smartphone phobic and have an Android phone ... a near-contradiction in terms in the current technological climate!

    So, I neglected to install an antivirus or other safeguards (screen-lock, declining GPS data, etc., ad infinitum) 8 months ago when I, kicking and screaming had to upgrade from a dumbphone because I live in a high-population-density area and needed to be able to check the weather on the phone (at least) ...

    Last week my phone got hacked (that was blatant and noticeable), and an uncreditable (by my carrier) $39 of voice charges were stolen by a boiler room operation just for their pleasure and fun ... I am sure they could find:

    No banking information
    No financial information
    No saved passwords
    No voicemails of interest ...

    So, I learned my lesson ... and I was told I should not attribute this occurence to karmic payback for something I'd done--that that approach is not logical ... - 3/31/2013   2:40:30 PM
  • 9
    I have to, but not for messages. I have pay-as-you-go service. I will not have unnecessary credit checks!

    I also am pretty smartphone phobic and have an Android phone ... a near-contradiction in terms in the current technological climate!

    So, I neglected to install an antivirus or other safeguards (screen-lock, declining GPS data, etc., ad infinitum) 8 months ago when I, kicking and screaming had to upgrade from a dumbphone because I live in a high-population-density area and needed to be able to check the weather on the phone (at least) ...

    Last week my phone got hacked (that was blatant and noticeable), and an uncreditable (by my carrier) $39 of voice charges were stolen by a boiler room operation just for their pleasure and fun ... I am sure they could find:

    No banking information
    No financial information
    No saved passwords
    No voicemails of interest ...

    So, I learned my lesson ... and I was told I should not attribute this occurence to karmic payback for something I'd done--that that approach is not logical ... - 3/31/2013   2:25:50 PM
  • 8
    My cell phone is my only phone and I've spent the past year living somewhere where internet access via my computer is problematic. In fact, my phone only gets a good signal on the 2nd floor of the house. All that said, I'm very conscious to keep my public conversations to a minimum (do not want to be that person who is both rude and sharing their entire personal life in public). - 3/31/2013   2:12:46 PM
  • 7
    I love the signs that say "we won't interrupt your conversation to wait on you". I have my PHONE if my kids need me. Otherwise, it is put away. Now--if I could only manage to stay off the computer.....sigh - 3/31/2013   1:39:09 PM
  • 6
    I DO like my cell phone! But I only check it once in awhile, usually while I am away from home. To see if anyone needs anything, while I am in a store, etc. My phone does everything! When I travel, it is the only way I can Spark! It keeps my trackers upto date! - 3/31/2013   12:00:04 PM
  • 5
    I have walked away when someone started to text while talking to me. The person asked where was I going with a confused look on her face. I told her since her text was more important than what I was saying I thought we were done talking.She doesn't text anymore during our talks. I think it is so rude when people text while talking with others. I just don't put up with it. - 3/31/2013   10:05:53 AM
  • 4
    I did the opposite of the person with the "dinosaur" cell phone; I ended up getting a phone that does just about everything but take out the trash because it was the only phone big enough for my aged eyes and fingers to use. It is the best electronic I ever owned, but it will take me a while to learn how to use the amazing features so I won't be on it excessively for a while at least. I hate talking on phones, so eventually I will be using it for Internet mostly. - 3/31/2013   9:12:38 AM
  • 3
    I have a cell phone but it's a dinosaur. I don't have internet capability or any aps on mine. We have one family member in particular that will be in the middle of a conversation during family visits and just pick up her phone and begin to text other people or 'whatever'. Pretty darn rude. And, seriously, NONE of us need to hear you talking loudly in the middle of any store (those of you know who you are) - 3/31/2013   7:19:02 AM
  • 2
    I'm a technician. I love gadgets. AND I don't have a cell phone. I have NEVER had a cell phone. Nobody...and I mean NOBODY...needs a cell phone. They are obnoxious. Stop carrying them with you. Stop talking to your friend while in line at Starbucks. Stop micromanaging your kids. Seriously. Stop. - 3/31/2013   1:34:49 AM
  • 1
    I dislike cell phones... - 3/30/2013   9:00:34 PM

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