October 07, 2015

#Unplugging: "Get off your ****ing phone! I tried it. Here's what happened."

Gavin McInnesArchive

I wrote about this on Thursday before I had really tried it, and holy cow, is it hard to quit your cell phone.

(Language warning:)

I'm not talking about cold turkey either.

Simply cutting down on the useless, fanatical, voyeuristic, sad, meaningless, and relentlessly systematic perusal of garbage information we all do several times an hour was one of the hardest things I've done.

Like the slowly boiled frog, what started as a convenient way to carry your office with you has become an albatross around our necks. We need to stop. Let's do it together. Let's try to dial it back to only checking social media three and email three times a day.

Let's sit in a bar and not take our phone out once. Let's spend the entire weekend with our family directing all our ideas to the people we love instead of strangers. Let's had ideas again. You can't think if you're constantly scrolling.

I have quit a million things over the years and it's usually kind of fun. But this feels like Wolverine removing those weird steel claw things from his fists. The fact that it's so incredibly difficult shows how far down the rabbit hole we've unknowingly gone.  


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commented 2015-10-09 03:42:49 -0400
I don’t need one, so I don’t have one.
commented 2015-10-08 02:15:41 -0400
Ron Joseph, are you sure you posted that comment in the right article? It doesn’t seem to relate to the Gavin’s cell phone tirade.
commented 2015-10-08 01:45:19 -0400
You have no idea about you are talking about. Florida has some of the best soil in America. Muck City Growers Group didn’t bring the soil to the Glades. Everything from Sugar Cane to Radish and Cabbage, Corn and peas and beans. South Florida is known for our soil. Get off the beach and take a drive to Pahokee, Clewiston, Belle Glade, 20 miles west of Palm Beach all you see is farm land.
commented 2015-10-07 22:41:49 -0400
Charles said, “Our land-line is still an analogue rotary phone! Luckily, no longer on a party line.”

I didn’t think the Telus computerized switchboard would accept the rotary phones anymore. Ya learn somethin’ every day, they say.
commented 2015-10-07 19:49:23 -0400
Charles — A rotary phone? For real? (I remember using those…) Does that even work on today’s fiber-optic trunk lines??? (The only rotary phones I’m aware of that still work are lookalikes with pushbuttons…)

Well, I’ll feed the “troglodyte” claim by saying that, with a phone land line, I’ve got no personal internet, no satellite, no cable… not even rabbit ears… (but my ears still work just fine, thanks…) This one’s being posted via the company internet land line (not even wireless…)
commented 2015-10-07 18:49:34 -0400
Peter, Paul and no Mary…sorry, couldn’t resist.

I’ll call Paul and raise him one better. Our land-line is still an analogue rotary phone! Luckily, no longer on a party line.
commented 2015-10-07 17:43:55 -0400
Personal phone: VoIP – only way to go – $4/month and unlimited LD calling. Frig the Bell/Rogers death star.

If you need mobile com for social media, you have too little to do and your time is worth nothing. If you require mobile office capability maybe you spend too much time out of the office or you need competent secretarial staff.
commented 2015-10-07 17:34:51 -0400
While you’re at it rid yourself of all the other distractions and propaganda that pimps conformity, lack of critical thinking, gratuitous materialism. self realization and spirituality – chuck the cable box, sat dish, corporate internet spew, wireless-com time wasting and toxic pop culture trends. It was summed up decades ago by a great philosopher called Frank Zappa -
I am gross and perverted
I’m obsessed and deranged
I have existed for years
But very little had changed
I am the tool of the government
And industry too
For I am destined to rule
And regulate you

I may be vile and pernicious
But you can’t look away
I make you think I’m delicious
With the stuff that I say
I am the best you can get
Have you guessed me yet?
I am the slime oozin out
From your tv set

You will obey me while I lead you
And eat the garbage that I feed you
Until the day that we don’t need you
Don’t got for help…no one will heed you
Your mind is totally controlled
It has been stuffed into my mold
And you will do as you are told
Until the rights to you are sold

That’s right, folks..
Don’t touch that dial

Well, I am the slime from your video
Oozin along on your living room floor
commented 2015-10-07 16:44:01 -0400
A flip phone? Do they still make those? That’s so … so yesteryear! :o)
commented 2015-10-07 16:19:52 -0400
I got a flip phone no internet. It is all I need.
commented 2015-10-07 16:08:32 -0400
Love technology, but don’t have a cell phone, don’t facebook, don’t tweet, don’t my-space, don’t instagram, don’t selfie…………….OMG, I think I may have a life.
commented 2015-10-07 16:02:27 -0400
Peter, quite possibly, but who would ever want to talk to the CRA? ;o)

I like to stay as far away from them and be as quit as a church mouse, fly below the radar, etc, when it comes to the CRA.
commented 2015-10-07 15:53:10 -0400
Peter N. The only way to that I know of for the general public to communicate with CRA is by fax
commented 2015-10-07 15:39:51 -0400
Yes, everyone uses the technology in different ways. That is the beauty it.
commented 2015-10-07 15:16:49 -0400
OMG! I appear to be surrounded by troglodytes! Okay, everyone back to your caves!
Technology is not unhealthy, worshiping or abusing technology is unhealthy.
A cellphone is a tool, that’s it. A cell phone replaces your ; landline phone, watch, voice recorder, note pad, calendar, phone book and in many cases your computer. If you don’t care to be contacted in emergencies and never need to call for help, then you probably don’t need a cell phone and can save the monthly fees. I am not sure about where you people live but around here most pay phones have already been pulled out.
I need to sign off my cell phone needs some attention … :-P
commented 2015-10-07 14:37:08 -0400
My views on this subject are a little different. I got rid of my landline because of unwanted calls and only use my cell as a pseudo landline. Maybe because I an a little older, it does not bother me to be without a phone. What really bothers me is the younger people who have to be so connected they endanger other people’s lives. Stats show that more car accidents are caused by distracted driving than drunk driving. Even living in a rural area, about every 5th person I go by is looking in their lap( I don’t think they’re in love with their genitals, but some may).
commented 2015-10-07 14:09:03 -0400
I get and send the odd one… but my fax machine doubles (triples? quadruples?) as printer, copier, and scanner. I don’t condemn or judge the people that have gone exclusively cell; I just find a landline more useful, personally. (I’m one of these chatterboxes that will hold a long-distance conversation with a friend for 3 hours or better, and that pretty much drains any cell battery…) Moreover, being a one-man corporation, I like being able to walk away from my “office”, ignore whatever calls come in after hours, and still be able to communicate with friends and family.

But it’s a personal choice.
commented 2015-10-07 13:47:37 -0400
PK, what can I say, I may be an old codger but I have embraced technology. I guess that makes sense since I am a network technician / software developer. Making my office mobile is very handy for me. Last time I had a land line was 2006 and that was just for fax. Is fax even used much anymore?
commented 2015-10-07 13:26:54 -0400
Yep, Peter Netterville, you are wrong on that. I still have a land line for myself, and I have a land line for phone/fax/internet for the business… and one of the most irritating things that I get regularly is the automated voice that says “You have a text to landline message…”. This just tells me that people don’t even stop to consider that a business just MIGHT not be run exclusively wirelessly…
commented 2015-10-07 12:27:23 -0400
no cell, but use tech .. it is difficult to not visit sites for what you believe is relevant. Someone once told me if it doesn’t change your life for the better than why change it, watch it, bother doing it… it has been good advice… also I have been told I am out of the loop when it comes to many social things… nice honesty Gavin
commented 2015-10-07 12:08:03 -0400
Peter – I guess I’m just an old fashioned girl, and I prefer to always know where my phone is! :-)
commented 2015-10-07 11:24:15 -0400
Deborah said, " I grew up when party lines were the only phone service available."

Yea, I remember them too. But as a techie geek, I have a cell phone, but seldom visit any social sites and little texting.

I find it easy enough to leave my cell at home, but I have no land line so it is my main and only phone. I just assumed most people moved over to the cell as their one and only phone. Guess I was wrong on that.
commented 2015-10-07 11:13:21 -0400
Vlad Johnson – do you know any real women? Why the attack on women? I’ve been in almost 3-head on’s with males who are trying to use their phones, instead of watching the road. I call BS on your attack on women.
commented 2015-10-07 10:55:03 -0400
I have a phone my wife made me get. I don’t have Facebook Twitter or Instagram etc. I never carry it at work. I get irate watching youths addicted to it. Albert Einstein said “I regret the day when technology surpasses humanity” Very prophetic.
commented 2015-10-07 10:49:09 -0400
I find that it’s women checking useless shit – constantly – keeps their seven voices engaged at all times.

And the planet wonders why women are mostly nuts. Under this kind of constant info bombardment, anything would go nuts.

Oh, and yes, women are shitty multi-taskers and great at lying about it.
commented 2015-10-07 10:49:07 -0400
I don’t own a cell phone, and never will. I grew up when party lines were the only phone service available. I prefer land lines!
commented 2015-10-07 10:07:05 -0400
I do not even take the cellphone out of the truck – it sits there for me to use in event I need it. Otherwise my pockets are empty of electronics at all times.

Do not text me – I delete them without reading

If I am not worth talking to then I do not want to read your text

commented 2015-10-07 09:53:44 -0400
I must be older than my age. Outside of work, I still get along better WITHOUT my phone than with (it’s a necessity for work). BUT, once finished with work, the phone gets plugged in and put on the shelf.

Gavin, you want to cut down on your extraneous phone usage? Other than trips out-of-town, leave it at home when you leave home. Easy.