Great point, as we actually have an upcoming vblog from The Wisdom of the Big Chair about smartphone addiction.
Speaking personally, I wouldn't want to be without my iPhone now that I've gotten used to having it by my side for the past eight months. However, I spent Friday-Tuesday out of the country and kept my iPhone off to avoid roaming charges, and guess what? I survived! And I actually enjoyed having it off. So I think we can live without these things... for now... but it's going to get more difficult as we turn our smartphones into our wallets, remote controls, car keys, whatever else.
I dont know if withdrawl is the correct term here (for me atleast) but i guess in this age where internet is everywhere not being logged on to FB,Twitter or other social networking site is becoming a rarity. If I am not logged on to my Twitter account for days it doesnt effect me much but I do tend to get inquisitive about what others are posting out there.Staying in touch was never this addictive.
And obviously if I need to be away from the Internet, I can. But it's such an important part of my life, the ability to Google any random question or thought that comes to mind (my boyfriend and I keep a pad of paper on road trips to note down the "what was that monument for?" types of questions). The other aspect is that getting caught up with everything after being away can take a long time.
KMT568, I also think it's a generational difference. Our generation is used to always having electricity and hot water and so on, and we would feel deprived if forced to live without all these things. The younger generation is used to always having Internet connection, that's just a regular part of their lives.
I'm guessing at a month. I just spent a 2 week vacation without internet and didn't miss it at all. But I would probably miss googling opportunities and weather forecasts and news reports in normal life.
I agree with you. I see it as normal curve whereby once the initial excitement is over you become stable and in control except in the case of addicts. Then again there are those who cannot rest when there is no internet even though they hardly use it when its back.
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