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Old 09-25-21, 11:55 AM
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I have become so use to the Internet being able to buy exactly what I want and it’s here in a few days. Buying concert tickets and having an e ticket on my phone. Instant information like if I don’t know the meaning of a word I just google it. I have fixed multiple things I would have had to take to a shop by just watching a You Tube video. Unlimited information sometimes BS but you can weed that out. Getting to know people from all over the world with similar interests. Opening your mind to different perspectives from other cultures. Seeing how they may feel about something from where they are. Forums like smoking meats to fishing get great tips and advice. Constant stream of news local and worldwide. So that is what I would miss and after reading this thread it would be difficult to function without the basic technology. Last concerts I have been to were e ticket only and no cash vendors. Just one example how you would be excluded. Friends or family that have moved away you can talk to all the time if you wanted to via text and e-mail. It is easy to say you could live of the cuff but really? After a few days you might start missing technology and the ability to maneuver within society. Maybe you wouldn’t. I like being isolated for about a week like in the New Mexico mountains then I miss the satellite tv and the creature comforts I have become use to.
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
I have become so use to the Internet being able to buy exactly what I want and itís here in a few days. Buying concert tickets and having an e ticket on my phone. Instant information like if I donít know the meaning of a word I just google it. I have fixed multiple things I would have had to take to a shop by just watching a You Tube video. Unlimited information sometimes BS but you can weed that out. Getting to know people from all over the world with similar interests. Opening your mind to different perspectives from other cultures. Seeing how they may feel about something from where they are. Forums like smoking meats to fishing get great tips and advice. Constant stream of news local and worldwide. So that is what I would miss and after reading this thread it would be difficult to function without the basic technology. Last concerts I have been to were e ticket only and no cash vendors. Just one example how you would be excluded. Friends or family that have moved away you can talk to all the time if you wanted to via text and e-mail. It is easy to say you could live of the cuff but really? After a few days you might start missing technology and the ability to maneuver within society. Maybe you wouldnít. I like being isolated for about a week like in the New Mexico mountains then I miss the satellite tv and the creature comforts I have become use to.
I think you've nailed it, bro. I think you've struck the chord of what I intended to accomplish in this thread. Many people who posted in this thread have presented everything from apocalyptic extremes, to buckskinning, to living off the grid, etc. That wasn't my intention. I wanted to ask everyone what they thought about their electronic devices and social media, and phones, and all of the electronic conveniences. Could they do it.

Like you, I think I'd miss it. Its a horrible habit, this monster we've created. Our faces glues to a screen all of our waking hours. Oh sure, we can get out there and ride, and surely no phones to follow us out of the road? Doubtful. Many people use their phone for one reason or another while they ride. So there really is no escape unless you totally and diligently avoid it.

Who remembers when there was a payphone everywhere? I honestly cant think of anywhere that I've actually seen a payphone. If I had to find one in an emergency, I think I'd be effed. Its pretty hard to practice stoicism in these times.
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Like you have stated having the smart phone could save you in an emergency. Your position can be pin pointed and you can be saved. Without it and no way to communicate you would be in trouble. Bike breaks down and it’s unrepairable you can have on location services and someone can see exactly where you are. Unless of course you have no signal. I walked my broken bike about a half mile one time until I found a signal called for a lift.
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I was working one day a few years ago in a building that had recent renovations but the old pay phone booth left in place. A young student came in and exclaimed how cool it was that the place to have a private conversation on his cell phone had been placed there for him. I didn't want to deflate his balloon so I just let it go. Different eras and different takes on the things we see. Smiles, MH
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Old 09-27-21, 09:12 AM
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Originally Posted by J.Higgins View Post
I think you've nailed it, bro. I think you've struck the chord of what I intended to accomplish in this thread. Many people who posted in this thread have presented everything from apocalyptic extremes, to buckskinning, to living off the grid, etc. That wasn't my intention. I wanted to ask everyone what they thought about their electronic devices and social media, and phones, and all of the electronic conveniences. Could they do it.

Like you, I think I'd miss it. Its a horrible habit, this monster we've created. Our faces glues to a screen all of our waking hours. Oh sure, we can get out there and ride, and surely no phones to follow us out of the road? Doubtful. Many people use their phone for one reason or another while they ride. So there really is no escape unless you totally and diligently avoid it.

Who remembers when there was a payphone everywhere? I honestly cant think of anywhere that I've actually seen a payphone. If I had to find one in an emergency, I think I'd be effed. Its pretty hard to practice stoicism in these times.
Well, I do remember when payphones were "everywhere." And oddly, when those payphones may or may not have worked, if you were trying to make a call to a "different network" on a weekend. (long ago, in Texas, trying to call from a local "GTE" payphone to an "AT&T" phone... shocked me at the time... this was only in the late '70s)

BTW until recently, I always carried two dimes in my "patchkit."

And I currently live in a rural area where cellular service has lots of holes... and believe it or not, there are still payphones in the dead zones. (5G... does not exist here) And one can easily find themselves "outside the cloud."

Camping and sailing have shown me that you can "get out of the habit" of "gluing your face to a screen" within about 2-3 days.

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