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    Addicted to being connected?

    Through a series of unplanned events I found myself without a mobile phone and internet connection. What surprised was the mild anxiety that set in. Can't check emails/customer calls/issues,are the kids ok, etc. Twelve hours later I was connected and missed...buggerall.

    It's like a weird disconnection from the world. I was sure I was missing something important.

    So how would you go if you were unexpectedly cut off?

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    re: Addicted to being connected?

    *Sheepishly raises hand

    I really never thought I would be, as I'm a bit lazy about checking my email messages, and I tend to switch my mobile phone off quite a bit, as I can sometimes find it a bit intrusive. But, when I've been unable to connect for any length of time (24 hours plus) to due to a lack of signal or whatever, I do recognise that feeling of disconnection from the world that you describe. It's just a slight concern that something may have happened that I should know about, and I can't check. Of course, when I'm back connected again, all there ever is, are a few daft messages from friends and family and someone trying to sell me something!

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    re: Addicted to being connected?

    I love the internet to be honest. I'm not a big reader but my knowledge has increased dramatically in various subjects because of YouTube. I'm big into subjects involving lost and ancient history. Bigfoot and ufos are quite good and stuff like hollow earth.
    I would have never learned these things without it.

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    re: Addicted to being connected?

    Quote Originally Posted by bongosdad
    my knowledge has increased dramatically in various subjects because of YouTube.
    That's gold right there.

    We all love the internet. The topic was how you'd cope if it was taken from you, unexpectedly?

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    re: Addicted to being connected?

    Quote Originally Posted by MissWinnie
    *Sheepishly raises hand

    I really never thought I would be, as I'm a bit lazy about checking my email messages, and I tend to switch my mobile phone off quite a bit, as I can sometimes find it a bit intrusive. But, when I've been unable to connect for any length of time (24 hours plus) to due to a lack of signal or whatever, I do recognise that feeling of disconnection from the world that you describe. It's just a slight concern that something may have happened that I should know about, and I can't check. Of course, when I'm back connected again, all there ever is, are a few daft messages from friends and family and someone trying to sell me something!
    Winnie, I was thinking about life before mobiles. Something urgent and we were driving/running, trying to find a phone-box. And then hoping there wasn't a queue to use it and that the phone wasn't stuffed.

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    re: Addicted to being connected?

    Those days were annoying. Remember the days when you had to go looking for your friends and share one phone. Texting was an amazing invention and I would be lost without that.
    To be honest when the board closed for a while it was nice to take a break from it. The PC does stop you doing stuff and takes hours of your time.

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    re: Addicted to being connected?

    Quote Originally Posted by ozfan
    *Sheepishly raises hand

    I really never thought I would be, as I'm a bit lazy about checking my email messages, and I tend to switch my mobile phone off quite a bit, as I can sometimes find it a bit intrusive. But, when I've been unable to connect for any length of time (24 hours plus) to due to a lack of signal or whatever, I do recognise that feeling of disconnection from the world that you describe. It's just a slight concern that something may have happened that I should know about, and I can't check. Of course, when I'm back connected again, all there ever is, are a few daft messages from friends and family and someone trying to sell me something!
    Winnie, I was thinking about life before mobiles. Something urgent and we were driving/running, trying to find a phone-box. And then hoping there wasn't a queue to use it and that the phone wasn't stuffed.[/quote]

    And not forgetting

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    re: Addicted to being connected?

    kind of got used to being able to do all the boring stuff like paying, bills, banking, arranging travel etc, at the click of a button - but I think I'd re-adapt quite easily to that.

    Like I said, before though, it's definitely the ease of connection to people that would be the main thing I'd hate to lose ...

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    re: Addicted to being connected?

    Id struggle.
    I like to relax while reading the news or about Villa or on plants or whatever and without the net its harder to do that you think.

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    re: Addicted to being connected?

    I lost my internet last year for a couple of months and was totally lost and bored I can safely say it now a part of my life and can't do without it.

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    re: Addicted to being connected?

    I'd struggle, my work requires me to be connected to the internet pretty much 24/7 depending on what projects we have on-going.

    To be honest I do put my Blackberry on silent between 10pm-6.30am as the beeping of e-mails drives my other-half mad

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