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In 2016, can you imagine living without a smartphone?

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In 2016, can you imagine living without a smartphone?

First came the invention of fire, then the wheel, and thirdly, the smartphone.

Well, there might have been a few inventions along the way: you know, like electricity, the transistor, the Internet and a few others, but from today's perspective it certainly feels that the smartphone was a hugely important milestone.

You know something has become so indispensable to you that you look at it hundreds of times a day and can't leave home without it. But are we really that addicted to our smartphones?

We thought we'd ask for a quick reality check: in 2016, can you even imagine living without a smartphone? 

We're not even asking if you can live without a phone, the question we're wondering about is whether you can't live without a modern smartphone with all its perks: large display with the world's knowledge (and cats) at your fingertips, camera, games, apps, payments and all other small conveniences? So can you? And how would your life change? Let us know your thoughts in the comments right below.

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No way, impossible 50.13% (777 votes) (777 votes)
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posted on 29 Mar 2016, 03:08 9

1. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 3260; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Went a month without it last year, wasn't that bad acually so I think I could live without it.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 03:40 5

5. hellbread (Posts: 309; Member since: 21 Nov 2014)


I remember those good old times when no one could find me. Than I got phone in '98...
:-)

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 04:28 8

13. adi9764 (Posts: 64; Member since: 16 Feb 2016)


Then**

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 05:11

22. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4183; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


If you occupy yourself with other things, it's actually easy.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 05:50

26. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 3260; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


IKR I like to read so when I didn't have a phone that was mostly what I did.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 07:21

29. cleatglitch (Posts: 103; Member since: 25 May 2013)


sounds like city time

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 10:10 1

37. MSi_GS70 (unregistered)


Those said no those are litle kiddos 10 12 year old..

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 13:10

43. pixel8or (Posts: 67; Member since: 10 Jun 2010)


Yep, just like when a person could start a fresh life. Not that way anymore. Big brother is watching, and we LIKE it...

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 13:11

44. Xperia_droid (Posts: 40; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)


Same here. i survived 3 months with my Nokia 2600 after losing my Nexus 5, but finally back with another Nexus :D

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 03:19 19

2. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


As long as I have a dumbphone and a nice laptop, yes.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 08:51

32. Ruturaj (Posts: 1480; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


^^^ This.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 12:18

42. SmartNingen (Posts: 48; Member since: 02 Apr 2015)


^This. As long as I have a device that I can use to connect to the Internet wirelessly and a wireless phone I am good. It needn't be a smartphone or a tablet.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 03:20

3. phonehome (Posts: 792; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)


In a word, no.

Coming from someone who lived half his life before even 'dumb' cell phones were common.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 03:24 9

4. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1518; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


Yes. If I have a PC

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 03:48 4

7. GreenMan (Posts: 1672; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


Yes, I can live without my Nexus and Lumia!

Smartphones in all of their glory still can't hold a candle against a dumb phone in some aspects, like simplicity, ease of use, compactness and above all, BATTERY LIFE! An hour of charge on my Nokia 103 makes it last almost a week!
And most importantly, a dumb phone is the perfect antidote to cure smartphone addiction...

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 03:48

8. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2178; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


I SAY yes i could,i only make calls on my phone, and surf the net on my pc.as i am now.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 04:03

9. w1000i (Posts: 110; Member since: 22 Jul 2015)


My brother he doesn't like to carry a phone, and he's always addicted to his Ipad

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 04:10 2

10. ZeneticX (Posts: 63; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Yes. As long there is something else for me to access the Internet

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 04:14

11. pongkie (Posts: 642; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


nooo......... even no one texts me XD

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 04:14 2

12. Totse2k15 (Posts: 468; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


Yes to Smartphone. NO to PC and the internet.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 04:29

14. Planterz (Posts: 2110; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


A few years back, I had no phone (then a dumb phone), but couldn't live without my computer. With a smartphone, I could probably live without the computer, if I had to.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 04:37

15. refillable (Posts: 1065; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


With a dumb phone and a PC, I don't think a smartphone is needed.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 04:43

16. Jairus24 (Posts: 49; Member since: 20 Jan 2012)


Yes, I already spent two months of vacation without it and I didn't even long for it as I got plenty of other fun things and activities I could focus on to.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 05:01

17. Arschsalat (banned) (Posts: 158; Member since: 29 Feb 2016)


I can't live
If living is without you
I can't live
I can't give anymore

-Mariah Carey

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 05:07 2

21. Wiencon (Posts: 1975; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


Ken Leeeeeee
Tulibudibu douchuuu
Ken LeeeEeeee

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 08:53 1

33. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1983; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Harry Nilsson, not Mariah.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 05:06

18. VVayne (Posts: 99; Member since: 01 Oct 2015)


Nope. It's like loosing a hand.
Not gonna happen.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 06:35 1

28. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1518; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


you can live without a hand. After all its not your d*ck.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 05:06 6

19. darkkjedii (Posts: 23406; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Yep, it's called adaptation. We adapted to them, we can adapt to not having them.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 05:06

20. Boybawang (Posts: 143; Member since: 02 Jun 2013)


A laptop with Internet should keep me BC.

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