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Are you a slave to your mobile phone?

I grew up during the 1950's, when there were no mobile phones.  I bought my first mobile phone 20 years ago.  Having a mobile phone is very convenient, yet I am not a slave to my mobile phone.  

Posted - June 17


  • 19068
    Absolutely not!  In fact, the only time I turn it on is if I want to make a call.  The rest of the time, it's off and in my pocketbook.  
      June 17, 2021 8:26 AM MDT

  • 15453
    That's me too! :)
      June 17, 2021 7:50 PM MDT

  • 19068
    I would say that it's mostly the older generation who are like us, but I see too many with their phones rooted to the palms of their hands.  Hope I never get to that point.
      June 18, 2021 6:33 AM MDT

  • 38953
    Nope. Mine is off 99% of the time. I only use it when I go shopping.
      June 17, 2021 10:06 AM MDT

  • 1111
      June 17, 2021 10:23 AM MDT

  • 4273
    I am addicted to it, yes. I look at it constantly and feel anxious when I haven't looked at it in a while. I'm a millennial, so that's not surprising. 
      June 17, 2021 10:56 AM MDT

  • 628
    No, that is why they have voice mail.
      June 17, 2021 2:07 PM MDT

  • 15453
    Not at all.  It stays turned off in my purse unless, while away from home, I need to make a call.  It's my replacement for public coin phones.  I don't text or do internet on the phone.  It is just to make a call.  When I travel I keep it on though.  No one has the number other than family and close friends.  Every company I do business with hounds me for a "mobile number."  I ignore them.  I have now encountered the first business I use online that will not afford me 2nd layer security unless I give them a mobile phone number to text the code.  I will give them a house number to call, an email address to email, or they can give me a permanent code.  As of right now I haven't patronized that site for quite a while.  I like shopping there but will not share the mobile number.   
      June 17, 2021 7:56 PM MDT

  • 19068
    I am exactly the same way with my phone.  The only reason I reinstated the text feature was so that I could get a code to change my PIN number on one of my accounts.  It was the only way I could do it.  
      June 18, 2021 6:46 AM MDT

  • 38953
      June 18, 2021 7:09 AM MDT

  • 19068
    Belt and suspenders. :)
      June 18, 2021 10:17 AM MDT

  • 243
    No, I only use my cell phone when out, and for an emergency or family if needed. I am never really on it. It's a basic flip phone. I actually still use a hope landline mostly. I never was much into cell phones.
      June 20, 2021 5:56 PM MDT

  • 27983
    No. My phone does exactly what I tell it to do when I tell to do it.   
    It is MY slave. 
      June 22, 2021 11:52 AM MDT

  • 6126
    Don't have one. 
      June 23, 2021 9:26 PM MDT

  • 3388
    Certainly not!

    My portable 'phone, which was advertised falsely because it is not "mobile", is a basic, PAYG voice & text instrument whose use has cost me less than £50 since buying it in 2017.

    It is off a lot more than on; especially in circumstances when it should be off anyway (driving of course, entertainments events, the occasional funeral, and in social gatherings).

    Most of my telephony is by land-line as I use a broadband service anyway.
      July 3, 2021 4:31 PM MDT