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

1. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2468; 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: 56; Member since: 16 Feb 2016)


Then**

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 13:10

43. pixel8or (Posts: 61; 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, 05:11

22. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3756; 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: 2468; 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: 70; 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, 13:11

44. Xperia_droid (Posts: 39; 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: 1330; 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: 568; 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: 1498; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


Yes. If I have a PC

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 03:48 4

7. GreenMan (Posts: 1236; 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: 2054; 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: 73; 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: 538; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


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

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 04:14 2

12. Totse2k15 (Posts: 458; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


Yes to Smartphone. NO to PC and the internet.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 04:29

14. Planterz (Posts: 2070; 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: 1046; 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: 1872; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


Ken Leeeeeee
Tulibudibu douchuuu
Ken LeeeEeeee

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 08:53 1

33. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1645; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Harry Nilsson, not Mariah.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 05:06

18. VVayne (Posts: 90; 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: 1498; 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: 21211; 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: 105; Member since: 02 Jun 2013)


A laptop with Internet should keep me BC.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 05:29

23. chenski (Posts: 409; Member since: 22 Mar 2015)


As long as I'm occupied by other stuff

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 05:29

24. Shocky (unregistered)


Yes, so long as I have my PC I'm good.

Besides there are many replacements for various functions of a smartphone, media players, mp3 players, camera, video recorders, sound recorders.

Worst comes to worse I'll break out the old portable cd player. :D

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 05:43

25. avalon2105 (Posts: 258; Member since: 12 Jul 2014)


Since there are days when I'm too occupied with other stuff to even check the time on my phone, I'd say that i would manage. Then, there are days I use it for 10h or more so it would require some adjustment. I guess that "moderation" thing is the key.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 06:01

27. legiloca (Posts: 1387; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)


I can't. Period.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 07:49

30. antmiu2 (Posts: 312; Member since: 19 Jun 2011)


CAN YOU "IMAGINE"? Yes, and its not so hard, just picture 10 years ago, 2006 The world was just fine without smartphones.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 08:54

34. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1645; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


I had smartphones in '06. I was on my 2nd Treo.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 07:57

31. adsg48 (Posts: 60; Member since: 18 Apr 2015)


simply no

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 08:58

35. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1645; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


I've had cell phones since '92. Back then it was a phone and a beeper because Bell South Mobility's rates were $.60/minute. I could easily go without a smartphone but I'd still have to have a phone (I have a special needs child).

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 10:06

36. davidsmith (Posts: 58; Member since: 09 Mar 2016)


no way

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 10:36

38. Coconut00 (Posts: 479; Member since: 13 Jan 2015)


If everybody left their phone, I could imagine living without a smartphone, otherwise, I can't imagine living without it.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 10:48

39. TMHKR (Posts: 51; Member since: 08 Dec 2012)


I can, I'm still a human being.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 10:51

40. toyboyz (Posts: 180; Member since: 22 Jan 2010)


Smart phone yes a general cell phone no because of the direct connect.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 11:54

41. Sondae (Posts: 279; Member since: 02 Jan 2013)


Nope can't live without it. You need a fast communication specially in business or urgent moment like emergency or to keep touch with your love one.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 14:34

45. 0kax0el0 (Posts: 165; Member since: 15 Nov 2012)


Would have to go back to paper books, paper maps, but yes, I could live without it.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 23:15

46. syzzz (Posts: 9; Member since: 15 Mar 2016)


I could'nt convince my father to buy me one

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 00:03

47. HTC_ONE_MAX (Posts: 150; Member since: 06 Feb 2015)


playing with iPad most of the time,instead of smartphone i can go with a device like iPod Touch.

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 09:04

48. TheGranter (Posts: 51; Member since: 28 Jan 2016)


from 18 to 21 i didnt own a phone, now i'm 25 and my z3 is broken so i need to send it back 1month without a smartphone. No lose.

If you are that addicated to it you have some serious issues where your friendcircle lives inside of their phones. HF with your "lifes" lol

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 22:55

49. rnagic (Posts: 155; Member since: 13 Jul 2014)


There should be a 90's day where you can't use a cell phone. Landlines only and you have to use disposable polaroids if you wanna take any selfies.

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