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Is a smartphone stealing away your life?

August 31, 2014



Editor's Note: Smartphones have become so ingrained in our daily lives. It's difficult for some of us to consider going out about our days without one. Got an addiction to it? Or time to unplug from it? Some forum readers share their opinions. You're welcome to join the discussion.

Incedius420 (US)

I'm 35, and I have had a cell phone for two weeks of my life, then I threw it away. The way I look at it is, $100 a month on average for a cell phone. $1,200 a year, $12,000 a decade, $60,000 for the 50 years I could live and own a cell phone.

$60,000 dollars to have a cell phone for a lifetime. No thanks.

Teenagers with their mobile phones in Zurich, Switzerland, March 12, 2014. [Photo/IC]

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The original piece: http://bbs.chinadaily.com.cn/thread-1065333-1-1.html

hxl001 (China)

I think we could buy a non-smartphone. Don't let the Smartphone steal your life.

You will find your life is peaceful and quiet without a smartphone.

Couple at home looking at pictures on smartphone, Jan.23, 2014. [Photo/IC]

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The original piece: http://bbs.chinadaily.com.cn/thread-1065333-1-1.html

Onceaknight (UK)

Unfortunately this has become part of society. Few people these days, no matter where you are, can they be seen walking, standing or sitting with their head held high. Most heads are tilted towards the ground or to what's in their hand and very often it's not one phone, but two or three is now the norm.

Most people have become oblivious to what or who is around them, even the dangers. As for me, well I am very proud that I do not possess a phone of any kind and have no intention now or the near future to change that choice, I enjoy my freedom. I have on occasions got them as gifts, however they are always left unopened. I'm not ungrateful or unappreciative, it's just my way.

Man in urban park with smartphone, Jan.23, 2014. [Photo/IC]

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The original piece: http://bbs.chinadaily.com.cn/thread-1065333-1-1.html

xuedongi60 (China)

Everyone can have a phone because it's cheap, especially nowadays, phones have a lot of functions. We can install many apps to meet our demands. Now, many people have a feeling that they have an upset mood if their phones are not at their side. I remembered that we always seek some topics in sharing at a previous classmate's party, but now it has changed, many people lower their heads to watch the little screen of their mobile phones. We have less communication than before. As for me, I do not like to play with a cell phone in my spare time.

Young couple at home using mobile phones, June 1, 2013. [Photo/IC]

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The original piece: http://bbs.chinadaily.com.cn/thread-1065333-1-1.html

nihao567(Thailand)

My advice is to get rid of it, if you care that much. Doesn't the cell phone hurt your eyes though? They are really small; I don't know how people manage to type whole articles on their phone. Even on the larger tablets, it's difficult.

All I see on sale nowadays are smartphones...but I hope they keep selling the regular boring mobile phone. Because once the phone I have breaks, I'll still want to buy the regular phone with no special functions. All I need it for is to call another person; I don't want to play with it. I know the temptation well, first thing once you wake up, last thing before bed. Terrible!

Visitors involved in texting on their smartphones in Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan in New York on Friday, August 8, 2014. [Photo/IC]

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The original piece: http://bbs.chinadaily.com.cn/thread-1065333-1-1.html

675585996 (China)

There is no doubt cell phones provide many conveniences to our daily life. But every coin has two sides. The phone is always a tool no matter how intelligent it is. A machine is innovated to simplify people's life instead of controlling people.

 Woman relaxing at home using smartphone, Jan. 23, 2014. [Photo/IC]

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The original piece: http://bbs.chinadaily.com.cn/thread-1065333-1-1.html

Little_Bear (China)

The smartphone has become the same as air to us. Few of us cannot live without it.

Man relaxing at home with smartphone, Jan. 23, 2014. [Photo/IC]

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The original piece: http://bbs.chinadaily.com.cn/thread-1065333-1-1.html


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Source: China Daily: Hong Kong Edition


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