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Would the world be better or worse off without mobile phones?



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19Worse off.
6Better off.
6Other.


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JessicaWoman99 Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 5-Jan-2008 12:26am  
The world would be a shambles without mobile phones nobody to talk with and all by yourself
paulyw Gold Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier
posted 5-Jan-2008 12:27am  
Undecided
LindaH
posted 5-Jan-2008 12:41am  
I think it would be worse off. The convenience of having a phone handy (right in your pocket, no need to search for a pay phone and fumble for change, people being able to call you any time) outweighs the inconvenience of being behind or around slow or spacy people with their phone stuck to their face.
labjog
posted 5-Jan-2008 1:33am  
It would be worse, I can keep better track of my kids.
RainingFeathers
posted 5-Jan-2008 10:03am  
I'm not sure it would be better or worse, just different.
Liss
posted 5-Jan-2008 11:48am  
Worse, but that doesn't mean that they're necessary.
cloudhugger
posted 5-Jan-2008 12:02pm  
It's all too relative. The world would be better off with all humans dead.
Galomorro
posted 5-Jan-2008 12:04pm  
Other. They're good for emergencies and communicating with people when you can't find a pay phone and need to get in touch right away. These days pay phones are hard to find. Even when they were in abundance they were often broken or someone was already yakking on one when you found it. Otherwise, I think the world would be better off without people driving (and TURNING) while there's a phone glued to their ear. Or people going on nonstop on a public bus.
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
posted 5-Jan-2008 12:32pm  
I think it would probably be about the same. Cell phones aren't the problem or the solution.
Biggles Survey Qualifier
posted 5-Jan-2008 1:09pm  
My father's life has become easier since his workplace traded in bleepers which were pagers that didn't display any information, just bleeped (although modern pagers used in healthcare settings that do display information are still called bleepers...) for mobile phones. It's given him more freedom to go out when he is on call, because he doesn't have to be able to find a phone box to find out what he is needed for.
Biggles Survey Qualifier
(reply to Galomorro) posted 5-Jan-2008 1:10pm  
> Other. They're good for emergencies and communicating with people
> when you can't find a pay phone and need to get in touch right away.
> These days pay phones are hard to find. Even when they were in abundance
> they were often broken or someone was already yakking on one when
> you found it. Otherwise, I think the world would be better off without
> people driving (and TURNING) while there's a phone glued to their
> ear. Or people going on nonstop on a public bus.

You could make it illegal to use a mobile phone while driving, which is what has happened in the UK.

thecomic22
posted 5-Jan-2008 2:48pm  
I dunno, but for me it would be less of a pain when I'm out on dates or I'm having sex & did not haft to deal with it ringing off the hook.
Iseult
posted 5-Jan-2008 4:29pm  
Worse.

I don't know how I had lived without a mobile.
Galomorro
(reply to Biggles) posted 5-Jan-2008 5:04pm  
Good for the U.K. ! Hope that will happen here soon. I see so MUCH of this...
bill Survey Central Gold Subscriber Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 6-Jan-2008 9:24am  
I really just don't know.
LindaH
(reply to Galomorro) posted 6-Jan-2008 1:41pm  
When it comes to people going on nonstop on the bus, I think it's more about the volume of their voice than the fact they are on the phone. If people talking face to face quietly doesn't bother anyone, then neither should someone quietly on a phone.
kcthedog
posted 6-Jan-2008 1:54pm  
check Other

This is somewhat of a subjective question that will get somewhat of a subjective answer. The world got along just fine before they were available, and a good argument could be made why they impede on social development by impersonalising communication. But overall they are a technological advancement and an inevitable device of daily activity, but I am not convinced they have bolstered our development as a spiritual entity.
kcthedog
(reply to cloudhugger) posted 6-Jan-2008 1:57pm  
> It's all too relative. The world would be
> better off with all humans dead.

Are you bitter about something? Granted the planet may be better off, but I think that when the world was referred to, it meant humanity.
LindaH
(reply to kcthedog) posted 6-Jan-2008 2:00pm  
I think they create more communication, though not face to face. The amount of people talking to each other sure went up! I kind of like seeing people walking around talking to others.
kcthedog
(reply to LindaH) posted 6-Jan-2008 2:11pm  
Ok!

I used to have one, but lost it and never replaced it. I found myself distracted from my immediate surroundings which included people in my presents. I find it annoying when I am with someone and they are constantly talking to someone else, for example “Excuse me but I have to answer this.” as I sit there listening to “jibber jabber”. Yea they have legitimate uses like keeping tabs on your children and for business, but people abuse them and they can be a safety liability while driving.
LindaH
(reply to kcthedog) posted 6-Jan-2008 2:15pm  
True. I don't like it when people use them while driving, or while they have business to attend to that requires communication with someone in their presence.
Galomorro
(reply to LindaH) posted 6-Jan-2008 3:04pm  
Exactly! I totally agree. It's people with these very loud voices, either on the phone or not, that tend to disturb the peace on public transport sometimes. It's sometimes entertaining though, to hear these "Valley Girl" sort of accents, with the word "like" every other word. I've been wondering when young women tend to grow OUT of this way of speaking. Is it when they've been at their first jobs for several years? It's a definite when they're at high school and college around here, and I've heard younger women at work talk like this too, both in person and on the phone. They all sound just alike...
LindaH
(reply to Galomorro) posted 6-Jan-2008 3:20pm  
I don't know about all the inflections and slang words, but I know where 'like' and 'ya know?' comes from, as well as the upswing at the ends of statements, which makes everything sound like a question.

It's a nervous sort of self-conscious habit as teens intelligence gets way ahead of their articulation. The upswing (and 'ya know?' is kind of a subconscious hint for reassurance that the other person understands what they are saying, and that the other person is still paying attention. "Like" is kind of the same thing. Not wanting a person to misunderstand a direct statement, 'like' kind of softens it into 'this is sort of what I'm trying to say'. It starts out mainly as an unsure/ need for reassurance and acknowledgment thing, and then just becomes habit... (ya know?)
kcthedog
(reply to LindaH) posted 6-Jan-2008 7:36pm  
Like, like ya!
cloudhugger
(reply to kcthedog) posted 6-Jan-2008 8:02pm  
That is how I read the question...the world meaning the planet.
cloudhugger
(reply to Enheduanna) posted 6-Jan-2008 8:04pm  
That answer so rings! What E said times ten.! laughing out loud yes
Galomorro
(reply to LindaH) posted 6-Jan-2008 8:56pm  
I was thinking maybe some of the actual voice inflections could be a California thang, but that upswing at the end of statements you mention does sound familiar too.
icurok
posted 7-Jan-2008 9:35am  
The mobile phone is a tool. If a tool is useful, then it stands to reason that we are the poorer for being without it.
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to cloudhugger) posted 7-Jan-2008 11:28am  
You're so punny!
cloudhugger
(reply to Enheduanna) posted 7-Jan-2008 2:56pm  
HA!
RGirl
posted 29-Jan-2008 10:54pm  
Worse off. Imagine how many emergencies ended with a life saved because some one was able to use their cell.
Wicksy
posted 23-Feb-2008 11:10am  
Better off
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