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Could you go mobile free?

Posted by Admin on January 7, 2009

There’s an interesting article in today’s Guardian written by Benjamin Dangl who, after a month’s hiking holiday without his mobile phone, decided to ditch it completely when he got home.

His argument is that mobile phones cause us more stress than they save and actually separate us from the world around, or as he puts it:

“Billions of people across the world use cell phones. Though cell phones can be wonderful, liberating tools of communication, freeing us from the confines of an office and providing more leisure time, they often do the exact opposite. Cell phone use has blurred the boundaries between work and non-work time, increasing stress and tension within families and between friends.”

You can read the full article here. And thanks to Helen Keegan for pointing me to it.

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2 Responses to “Could you go mobile free?”

  1. Working in the mobile industry, it would be difficult for me live without the phone totally.

    But going on holiday is another matter – I’ve often switched off my phone, leaving a voicemail saying “I’m back in two weeks. If you need to reach me, send an email and I’ll pick it up at some point”.

    Throwing your mobile in a drawer at home, then heading to the airport without it, is one of the most liberating, exhilarating ways to start a trip.

    If you absolutely, positively need to be contactable, get a cheapo unlocked phone & get a local prepay SIM when you arrive at your destination – and only give the number to next-of-kin or 1 or 2 critical contacts.

    Do it.

    Dean

  2. […] by smsisthenewblack on January 16, 2009 After I write this article about a contributor to the Guardian throwing away his mobile phone, it got me thinking – […]

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