Can you spend a day without your favorite smartphone? What about a week? And the whole month? Do you think life without a phone would be better or worse? Let's understand this controversial and relevant topic today!
No matter how we relate to modern smartphones, we must admit that today they play a huge role in our lives. However, there are still few people in the world who can live without this miracle of technology, unlike most of us who cannot imagine life without our beloved gadget. And what would our life really be like without smartphones?
“We get so much information all day that we are starting to lose our common sense,” Gertrude Stein.
Remember those days when the first mobile phones appeared on sale? These were large devices that were considered miracles in the world of technology. People were glad that they were no longer attached to their landline phones. Now you can freely speak anywhere for at least a whole day! But the capabilities of these phones were limited to regular calls and text messages.
What happened next? Soon enough, new technologies begin to be intensively developed, and new types of phones appear on the market that differ from their predecessors in qualitatively better characteristics. And very soon our favorite smartphones will go on sale, which make us completely dependent on them, and to such an extent that now it’s hard to even imagine life without them. We regularly use smartphones to access Facebook, Instagram, email, make video calls and search the Internet for everything you need! Well, when every day is filled with such opportunities, is not it?
But there are two types of people in this world - those who have a smartphone, and those who do not. “What ?!” you ask. Yes, you read it right! Hard to believe, is it? But some people really do not have smartphones, by their will or by the will of circumstances. And this suggests that being all day without a phone is actually not so bad. Therefore, below we will talk about how it is to live without a smartphone, and what our life would have become without it.
Life without a smartphone
Have you ever lived without a smartphone? Undoubtedly! This was probably before their appearance. Have you noticed that we have become too dependent on things that did not even exist only a few years ago? We are already starting to feel phantom vibrations - a false feeling that the phone is vibrating or ringing in your pocket. Our hearts literally stop when we cannot find our phone. After all, without it, we simply disappear! Without his smartphone, a person begins to feel like representatives of the Stone Age who lived millions of years ago without any technology and communication. Then the saying comes to mind: "Having - we do not value, but having lost - weep." Probably a couple of days without a smartphone will make you appreciate it. After all, he is a good thing, after all.
So, imagine that all smartphones have disappeared. What will our life be like then?
1. There will be a sense of disunity
Smartphones have fundamentally changed the way we communicate with other people. They made it easier and more affordable. Previously, technology limited us, because while waiting for a call, we had to languish in front of a landline telephone. Today, people have become much closer to each other. Now, in order to talk with the desired person, a couple of touches on the smartphone are enough. However, the absence of this wonderful gadget will make you feel separated from the world, which often leads to an acute sense of loneliness. In addition, you may succumb to incessant boredom.
2. It will become harder to navigate without GPS
In fact, the days have passed when people used maps to get to the right place. All smartphones are equipped with GPS, which helps us reach our destination without much difficulty and wandering. Life has actually become much easier thanks to GPS, because this navigator shows us the right direction right up to the smallest turn. Therefore, in the absence of access to the global system, many people will not be able to correctly and quickly navigate in unfamiliar areas. Navigators have become such an integral part of our lives that most travel enthusiasts and those who often travel on business to work, can hardly imagine their life without a smartphone with its indispensable GPS.
3. Life will be harder to organize
Smartphones easily allow us to better organize our lives. Thanks to the latest applications and programs, we can easily plan our day in the necessary way and act according to a predetermined schedule. Smartphones help us out a lot every day thanks to the set alarm and reminders. Who, besides your phone, will not forget to remind you of upcoming important events?
4. Awareness of the latest news will get worse
Easy access to news from all over the world undoubtedly increases your awareness of the latest developments. To get the latest news from the Internet, it is enough to make a couple of clicks, unlike the earlier time, when you had to read a newspaper or wait for the next news release.
5. The ability to take photos quickly and easily will disappear.
Before smartphones appeared, in order to take a few pictures, you had to take a camera with you. And this means that a lot of amazing moments were not reflected on the film, because the camera was not always at hand. After the advent of smartphones, the process of creating photos has become easy and public. You can take great photos with a simple click on your phone. Today you can not be afraid that you will miss a beautiful sunset, an unusual bird sitting on a tree branch, or a bright moment from your life. But without a smartphone, this wonderful opportunity, which we are all so used to, will become simply inaccessible.
But does life without a smartphone have only minuses? I think that many will not agree with this. So let's look at this situation from the other side!
1. True relaxation
At home, you will not be distracted by notifications or emails from work. You can forget about her at least for the evening. In addition, it will increase your productivity in the workplace. You will get rid of the habit of thoughtlessly browsing your phone. You will no longer feel the artificial vibrations that we spoke about at the beginning of the article.
Without a smartphone, you can more often and more interestingly communicate with people around you. What picture do we observe around us most often today? These are people who are deeply absorbed in their phones, even if they are together. That's what communication looks like these days. So many interesting moments and conversations missed because of our addiction to constantly climb in your smartphone!
3. Intrusive photographing of everything and everything
And now, with your permission, we’ll talk about photography. Without a smartphone, you will forget about the obsession of constantly taking photos of your food for Instagram. It will also not annoy other people sitting around you in the restaurant. You will forget about endless selfies and all the excitement that is associated with them.
4. You will stop writing and calling your ex after you drink too much.
5. You will cease to be excessively interested in everything that happens in the world.
6. You will begin to interact with other people more effectively, instead of just writing messages to them.
7. You will have more time for yourself.
8. You will fall asleep faster and sleep better, and in the morning you will not wake up even more sleepy and tired than before you went to bed last night.
9. You will have more chances to find your true love. Yes this is true. We all live in a time when people diverge due to messages and SMS, leading to a small and stupid misunderstanding. Correspondence increasingly replaces meetings in real life, and in addition, when meeting people in messages, it is very difficult to understand what a person really is.
10. You will have those 1-2 hours in your life that you usually spend on your phone. Just imagine the things you can do during this time. You can read or move to the joy of your heart instead of playing endlessly on the phone.
A smartphone is actually a very useful invention, but the secret to its proper use lies in moderation and impartiality. In such circumstances, he will undoubtedly become your best companion. Remember that you own your phone, not you!
Have you been without a smartphone for the whole day (or even more)? Was this a challenge for you? Tell us about your personal experiences in the comments below.
How I lived a month without a mobile phone
In May of this year, the Ministry of Health finally officially warned the Russians about the dangers of mobile communications (whereas all over the world they have long been sounding the alarm about this). However, this small squealing item has already entered human life so firmly that it is almost impossible for most to refuse it or at least limit its use.
TO How is it to live without a cell phone? It is hard to imagine, but about fifteen years ago we could easily do without him. Perhaps it will be possible to get used to the absence of a mobile phone as quickly as to its presence? I took courage and conducted an experiment, giving up my mobile phone for a month.
Honestly, I did this not entirely of my own free will. The thing is that mobile phones are not only a means of communication, but also the most lost and most stolen thing. For 4 years, 3 phones were stolen from me and I lost 2 myself. And once again, a new expensive device was stolen from me. And, as the heroine of a famous American TV series often says, “here I thought ... I don’t need him that way, I’ll try as without him.”
To say that the first week I was, to put it mildly, not at ease, is to say nothing. It constantly seemed to me that my phone was ringing somewhere. I grabbed my pockets, my bag, not immediately remembering that I didn’t have a phone.
Of course, difficulties arose in finding the right contacts: all of them were recorded on the phone (it turned out that I don’t even remember my parents ’home number by heart!). I had to make calls from friends at home, but before that their numbers also needed to be found out somehow. All this greatly annoyed me and slowed down the work process. But, one way or another, by the end of the first week I more or less restored my phone notebook. (By the way, as it turned out, many of my friends prepared for such troubles in advance and periodically copied all their contacts to a computer or notepad. Unfortunately, I have never suffered such attacks of perspicacity.)
In addition, I was constantly worried: “How is everything without me? What if someone urgently needs me? “The lack of calls was terribly annoying: it turned out that people somehow got used to calling home and work numbers and completely forgot them. In general, I can say that all week I did not leave the feeling of anxiety and the feeling that I was without hands.
What it was like at that first time to the people who were looking for me, I do not know. A couple of angry emails to me nevertheless came. But somewhere in a couple of weeks, everyone who really needed me adapted and began to find me without a mobile phone. Through work, relatives and friends. Most of all, my husband got it. He reported every evening: "That one called, asked to call back as soon as possible." How much sooner is it when the clock is already 10 p.m. ...
By the middle of the second week, I realized how much the mobile phone distracted me while driving. Still, it’s not in vain that the traffic rules stipulate a fine for this, which I have repeatedly paid, by the way, by the way. But if I stopped being afraid of traffic cops, I started to worry about all kinds of critical situations: “And if I get into an accident or the gasoline unexpectedly ends, how can I call for help? “But then I thought:“ Come on, everywhere there are people, someone will let you call. ”
I didn’t notice how many things I needed in everyday life were replaced by a telephone. For example, an alarm clock: I found some old one at home, but, of course, it did not have the function of repeating the wake-up signal (you know, such a convenient function is “sleeping for another 5 minutes”). As a result, I overslept several times. I had to buy a new alarm clock for 600 rubles. Or books: I have been downloading them to a telephone for a long time and reading them before going to bed. She made such a bad habit: it’s very convenient, the light does not need to be turned on, her husband does not interfere. As soon as I had no phone, it turned out that there was absolutely nothing to read at home. One trip to the book cleared my wallet for 1000 rubles. And the reserves were only enough for a couple of weeks. Although this has its own plus: finally I’m signing up for the library!
All sorts of small things (for example, do not forget to buy salt) have been recorded in the phone notes for a long time. Now you have to mark everything on pieces of paper, and they are constantly lost or at the right time they are not at hand. Therefore, I forget to do a lot. Well, I'm already silent about GPS and the Internet. Recently I went to an important meeting in the Moscow Region, out of habit, I climbed over my cell phone — to find out the road — but it didn’t exist ... As a result, I lost two extra hours and the meeting had to be canceled.
I don’t know how much I missed interesting press conferences and events just because no one could call and invite me. My boss generally twisted her finger at the temple and offered to get a pigeon mail. But then there was a time, and I found many interesting topics for reporting: I began to use the Internet and all sorts of social networks more actively - everyone can always be found there and make an appointment. But in general, I still have to admit that working without a mobile phone is very difficult today. How is it that German Sterligov (a well-known businessman who back in October 2010 forced all his subordinates to turn off their phones while working in the office) decided on this - it is not clear.
Curious was the reaction of others to my voluntary rejection of the phone. Some openly wondered: “Why ?! “Others praised:“ Well done, I myself, when I accidentally forget the phone at home, I get high all day. ” The teacher in the kindergarten and other parents looked at me as a mother-echidna - when I notified everyone that for any "children's" issues should call my husband. And the husband himself, by the end of the second week, became jealous of me: “Where are you at all? Maybe you specially threw the phone to freely do anything? ”
Separate conversation - tardiness. Without a mobile, it’s impossible to warn about being late, which we are so accustomed to at the last moment. How many times this month I, being late for a meeting, mentally appealed to the patience of the one who was expecting me. How many nerve cells lost in these moments - do not count. I don’t know what worked, but more often people waited for me. I can now declare with all responsibility that being late within half an hour without any excusing SMS (“Sorry, I’m late for 10 minutes.”) Is normal for Moscow.
Somewhere in the third week, such a thing as “urgent” generally disappeared from my life. I calmly planned my business. No one distracted me and did not burden me - besides my desire. Although earlier mother, for example, could call: "Dina, urgently go to us and check if I turned off the iron." You will not refuse such a request from your mother ... But in the end - a lot of time spent.
But I absolutely did not get bored without the calls of any telephone managers there. The fact is that I have been using the same number for many years. Over the years, he got into all kinds of databases: insurance, some medical institutions, banks, coffee companies ... SMS of such, for example, content: “Company N gives all its customers a 10% discount on all goods in connection with its 2 anniversary ”come, as a rule, early on Saturday morning, when you still see the tenth dream. By the way, one such company, I calculated, had 5 birthdays in one year. Taking this opportunity, I want to turn to all such firms: do not be intrusive! Normal people perceive your actions as anti-advertising.
Once I got into a stupid situation: I forgot all the documents from the car in another purse. And then, as luck would have it, the traffic cop stopped (they still feel the offenders: before that, no one had stopped anyone in two years). I began to explain - about the handbag, about the documents. The fat major at the post grinned: “Well, call someone, let them bring it. According to the rules, you have an hour to eliminate this violation. ” The news that I do not use a mobile phone amused him at all: "Girl, these are YOUR problems." I was not a bit upset and went outside to ask someone for a phone - people around, someone would give a call. For 20 minutes I went in vain to everyone asking for a phone. In the evening, there are not so many people at the post at the Moscow Ring Road. The traffic cops ignored me, the drivers of the detained cars were busy with their problems - what did he care about the stupid blonde. I was already completely desperate and disappointed in people. Лишь через 30 минут какой-то сердобольный сержант все же сжалился надо мной и за 100 рублей одолжил мне свой аппарат на минутку. И то втихаря, чтобы начальство не заметило. Вот такие таксы на мобильную связь у наших сердобольных представителей закона.
Впоследствии я столкнулась с тем, что если очень надо позвонить, а телефона нет — смело подходите к любому и предлагайте деньги (от 10 до 50 рублей). Мало кто откажет. А вот бесплатно — фигу!
At the very beginning of the experiment, I bought a payphone card (60 rubles in 10 minutes), but I never managed to make calls using street phones. For some reason, payphones around the world exist and are considered a completely profitable business. And in some countries (in London, for example), telephone booths are generally a kind of calling card. And only here in Moscow we systematically get rid of them. In May, payphones were completely removed from the subway. In some places around the city, of course, they are. But you see them not there and not when you desperately need it. So the well-known hit "Crying girl in the machine" for our children will be completely incomprehensible.
I caught myself thinking that mobile communication has changed the mentality of our people. Now it is not customary for us, like the Americans or the British, to come to visit without a preliminary call. Once again I was driving past a friend’s house and thought: why not drop by for a cup of tea? The hand itself reached for the bag ... oh yes, there is no phone. What if she’s not at home? Or am I out of place? I didn’t dare to stop by.
A month flew by - and again I became the owner of a mobile phone. Honestly, without much hunting. After this experiment, I began to use the phone much less, I reject the desire to call “just chat”, completely turn it off for the night and the weekend. Because my brain, rested from electromagnetic waves, now reacts to too long conversations with a headache.
For those who still do not believe that electromagnetic radiation (EMP) emitted by a mobile phone is not fiction, I propose to conduct a simple experiment. Lay 4 mobile phones in a circle so that they touch each other. Place whole grains of popcorn in the center between the phones. Now call all four handsets simultaneously. See the corn begin to burst. The same thing happens with our brain under the influence of EMP.
Scientists have found:
- According to the survey, last year the number of mobile subscribers around the world reached 5 billion, or almost three quarters of the world's population.
- In May 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognized that mobile phones could be the cause of brain cancer.
- The contribution of mobile communication devices to the general electromagnetic load of the population is estimated in Russia with a total value of 70%. On the whole, the scale of electromagnetic pollution of the environment has become so substantial that the World Health Organization has included this problem among the most urgent for humanity.
- Scientists and doctors confirm: our body "responds" to the electromagnetic radiation of a mobile phone. Tests conducted in animal laboratories gave a depressing result. Due to exposure to EMR, tumors (both benign and malignant) form in miserable experimental subjects. A number of countries are already sounding the alarm and imposing strict bans. For example, in Switzerland and the United Kingdom, children under 6-8 years old are prohibited from using mobile phones.
- Deputy Chairman of the Russian National Committee for Protection against Non-ionizing Radiations, Ph.D. Oleg GRIGORIEV warns: “First of all, cell phones provoke neurodegenerative disorders and functional disorders of the central nervous system. In fact, these are the initial stages of the so-called radio wave disease. ”
How to reduce the level of EMI coming from the phone:
1. The surest way is to completely abandon the mobile phone. But not everyone can afford it. So, Keira Knightley, the star of “Pirates”, admitted that she hates talking on the phone, including the mobile phones themselves, and often simply “forgets the device at home”. Harrison Ford - “Indiana Jones” - generally calls for the abandonment of mobile phones and email. Among Russian opponents of mobile communications, producer Igor Matvienko was noticed, he repeatedly stated this.
2. Do not carry your phone in your pocket! The farther the apparatus is from the body, the lower the radiation intensity. For the same reason, mobile phones should not be placed under the pillow or next to the bed.
3. Wait for the connection before putting the phone to the head. The highest EMR intensity is exactly at the time of the call.
4. The shorter the conversation, the better. Talking continuously is recommended for no more than 3-4 minutes.
5. Children under 14 years old are generally highly undesirable to use a mobile phone .
A smartphone is also a telephone
The question, of course, is philosophical. Yes, it is used for calls, but sometimes it seems that this is a secondary function.
In accordance with the statements of persons who were interviewed during the study, 83% of all mobile device owners use smartphones. In addition to voice calls, respondents most often use the ability to send and receive SMS (89%), take photos and record videos (82%), surf the Internet (78%), receive and send letters (73%), and use social networks ( 53%).
Nine out of ten smartphone users use mobile apps. Mainly for browsing the web (94%), as well as for receiving and sending mail (68%). A large number of users use instant messengers (54%) and shopping apps (43%).
How much does it all cost
Every third Russian pays for the use of the telephone or telephone calls from 300 to 800 rubles, 17% of respondents spend more than 1,500 rubles a month, and 19% fits in the amount of up to 300 rubles.
Owning and using a smartphone is worth not only a lot of money, but also time. More than half of Russians (60%) say they use the phone often (at least once per hour) or very often (every few minutes). Only one in four respondents believes that it is rare (maximum, a couple of times a day), and only 13% picks up the phone once or twice a day.
Disconnecting the phone is not about me
Up to 32% of Russians are not able disconnect mobile phone for 24 hours. The respondents did not imagine such a step, mainly because of the loss of contact with loved ones (47% of the answers), and also because of the concern for those who might be worried, unable to contact the owner of the phone (27%).
I wonder how such statements will sound in the mouths of subsequent generations? Already, young people cannot live without a telephone, as shown by a number of studies conducted in Russia and in the world.
Meanwhile, according to other studies, more than half of Russians (53%) believe that a child should receive their first phone already in elementary school.