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Last week we asked you if your next laptop is going to have a touchscreen Will Your Next Laptop Have A Touchscreen? [MakeUseOf Poll] Will Your Next Laptop Have A Touchscreen? [MakeUseOf Poll] Up until recently, touchscreens were mainly seen on smartphones and tablets. The launch of Windows 8, coupled with the advent of ultra-light Ultrabooks, made it more logical for laptops to come with touchscreen. But is... Read More . The results were not very conclusive, with the 400 votes being spread almost evenly between several of the options, yet one answer was the most popular by far. Which one was it?

Out of 399 votes in total, 6% of the readers haven’t decided what they think about touchscreens yet, another 6% already own a laptop with a touchscreen, 14.5% think a touchscreen would be kind of unnecessary in a laptop, 21% don’t mind it but refuse to pay more for it, 21.5% simply don’t want it, and 31% of the readers who voted say they hope to have a touchscreen on their next laptop.

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

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This week’s poll question is: Would You Consider Shutting Off Your Cell Phone For A Whole Day?

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For sure, this is a tough one. Unlike 5 years ago, today’s cell phones are much more than mere phones. For those who own a smartphone, the cellphone has become a small-scale computer, which is used for surfing, social networks and messaging way more than it’s used for actual calling. The advent of cell phones and smartphones made us all very used to being able to call, send messages and emails from everywhere, and being available no matter where we are. This is undoubtedly useful, but it can also be overwhelming at times. Would you consider shutting off your phone for an entire day, or would that be too much to bear?

Mind that the question doesn’t refer to a case of emergency, or a time when you must switch off your phone for some reason. We’re dealing with an ordinary day in your life, in which you’d simply give up your cell phone. Could you do it?

Don’t forget to explain your answers in the comments, and tell us what you think about the cell phone situation as it is today.

  1. Jay H
    May 31, 2013 at 8:34 am

    THE ONLY REASON I like cell phones (I don't have one, never have) is they're *PRICELESS* in an emergency such as a becoming stranded.

    TO BE CLEAR: I will not pay and pay and pay the cost as it stands today, May 31, 2010!


  2. Liz P
    April 16, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Being an older (62) graphic designer/tech user, I don't seem to be hotwired to my phone; it's a convenience FOR ME, to use, or not use, on my terms. Everyone's situation is different, but in my case: computer 8+ hrs @ work; freelance after hours; spare time, enjoy FB, Pinterest, random surfing, etc; so prob 10-15 hrs/day most days....but that's just me.

    So I have no need to stay glued to a tiny screen, on yet another gadget. Family sez Mom MUST stay connected, but frankly, a walkie talkie, intercom or tin can phone would prob work just fine!

  3. Ganesh Ramesh
    April 16, 2013 at 2:20 am

    For me, a more appropriate question would be - Will you go insane if your phone is switched off for a day or for days together? No.
    I never switch off my phone on my own. But i don't mind if my phone gets switched off or has no network for days when I'm on a hike or trek in some jungle. I just use somebody else's phone to inform my parents once that I am still alive.

  4. Judith
    April 16, 2013 at 12:28 am

    I would definitely consider it. Even though I do not get many calls in one day, just to have the peace of mind that it is not going to ring, zing or ding and I would have to immediately grab it and reply....I very much like that idea.
    There are so many other ways to communicate it is not that big of a deal.
    Being in a wheelchair I might get a bit nervous if I have to go out for errands, but otherwise I would like not having to make sure I haven't put it somewhere and can't find it.

  5. the0therMike62 .
    April 15, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    i downgraded my phone service and the girl behind the counter had to call "brad" out from the back office to show her how not to sell extra garbage and do a downgrade to a normal working phone. i turn mine off all the time and i tune out the imbeciles with their phones fused to their skull 24/7

  6. Eric Quinn
    April 15, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    I really hate talking on the phone. I would rather use the internet in some form to communicate with other people.

  7. Scott MacDonald
    April 15, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    I'd love to do this. Not just because of loosing the distraction, but also to show that it's ok to not be contactable for a while. I remember back in the day when you could go for a walk and not worry about who is trying to send you a silly video or which celebrity slipped on the red carpet. Back when we could enjoy our surrounding without doggedly thinking we're missing out on the rest of the world.

  8. Manide
    April 15, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Shutting off the cell-phone is not an option for those working in the Army (or Police); not even in vacation.

  9. Aleksandra H
    April 15, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    I turn off my and my husband's phone usually on weekends, so we can have some quality time and peace and quiet

  10. null
    April 15, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Many a day goes by when I don't use my mobile phone at all. I don't give the number out widely, so it's a rare day indeed when I get an unwanted call or text.

  11. null
    April 15, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    its good to live a day without getting disturbed. but i am thinking what the next day would be like...:-P

  12. Ed Weiss
    April 15, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Very handy but distracting!

  13. Mike C
    April 15, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    For a while I've considered going "dark" for a week. I would set up an auto-response for email (informing the sender that I would reply to them in a week), inform anyone I normally text that I will be unreachable that way, and generally let people I'm regularly in contact with know that in order to contact me they will have to visit in person, send a letter via snail mail (perish the thought!), or set up a make-shift phone system using tin cans and string (that would actually be fun even if I didn't turn everything off).

    It's not that I view electronic technology as a bad thing (heck, I'm an IT Consultant and Web Designer; technology is what I do), and I believe that there is certainly a time and place for Facebook, Twitter, Text, Email, and the like, but I do find that interaction is generally more effective in person, or even in a traditional handwritten letter (when was the last time you did that?). When actually writing a letter, we generally think more about what we're going to write more than we would if it were a tweet, post, or comment. There are many things that we say on the phone in haste that we wouldn't (necessarily) say so quickly in person. Miscommunication and overreaction have become a constant, and that is due at least in part to the immediacy we have become accustomed to in technology.

  14. Lucy R
    April 15, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    My job requires me to be always available in case of an emergency with one of our customers... it very rarely happens, thankfully.

    Though I left the country for a couple of days last year, and before I left I made it clear to my coworkers that I was not going to pay any roaming charges if anyone tried to call me... I was more than glad to switch it off then :)

  15. Eric Montgomery
    April 15, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    I do this often.

  16. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    April 15, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Consider? I have done it every now and then (more often than you might think). Simply put, I pay attention to my phone only when I want to, or when I actually expecting a call or text.

  17. Chandrakant Pawar
    April 15, 2013 at 11:14 am

    definitely i would love to switch off all gadgets for a day or would rather like to do it for a week, it keeps me from distracted and let me do what i want and get some good time for myself

  18. Mohit
    April 15, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Its just a phone , i can shut it off for the whole day,No problems

    PS. i already shut it off on Saturdays & Sundays ( 5 day a week office)

  19. Jeremy Garnett
    April 15, 2013 at 2:55 am

    Though it may mean I miss out attending certain parties, leaving my phone off, or purposely not recharging it, allows time for re-centering my consciousness, or self. In addition, I find the time without a phone to be peaceful.

  20. Kirby
    April 15, 2013 at 1:47 am

    I don't necessarily turn off my phone for the whole day, but I do intentionally ignore it / not use it. I usually do it when I take a vacation and just enjoy the place I go to (beach, island, up the mountain) rather than keep on bothering with my phone. There are plenty of things you can do with your phone but there are just as much things you could do without the need for your phone. Too much of everything is bad and a "time out" with using your phone could just be the answer to this.

  21. Rick Shortt
    April 14, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    I can turn my Droid off any time I want to - I just don't want to! Now, if I could just turn the phone part off and nothing else, sure. I very rarely use it as a phone.

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      April 15, 2013 at 11:39 am

      Nowadays smartphone users rarely use their phone as normal phone anyway.

  22. Ray Herring
    April 14, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    Would never turn my phone off, unless it was absolutely required (such as going to a cinema to watch a movie).

    For everything else, there's this awesome feature that mobile phones have had for a while now, it's called 'Silent Mode', I use that quite often.

  23. rshewmaker
    April 14, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    yah! It's called OTA day.

  24. Chris Marcoe
    April 14, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    My cell phone isn't so important to me that I can go without it for a day or more, even though my family does not keep a home phone anymore. There are other ways to stay in touch. I might miss phone calls and text messages. but if someone really needs to talk to me, they can message on Facebook or even call my wife (but that might be cheating as far as having my phone off for a whole day).

    I voted "I already do it from time to time." But mostly, its because my phone runs out of charge. I've been known to not charge it again got a day or three. And I have left it home at times,too. So, its not like I actually turn if on just to have it off for the day.

    Also, there are times when I MUST have it. off. I'm a student and having my phone ring in class is just not something someone should allow to happen. I certainly don't think the instructor should have his phone ringing. And the same goes for me and my fellow students.

    I also volunteer at my daughter's school. So, a phone ringing in a second grade class just isn't appropriate, either.

    In my last job, with the army, most of the time having something that could take pictures and record sound was not allowed. And in the job I was in, when I went overseas, I never used my phone, so it was literally not only turned of, but was on a different continent then where I was.

    I think that most people don't think this way, though. they think they are too important to not be in touch with their friends, families, and acquaintances. I've been that person, myself. and while you might think that is the case, its usually not. your friends can get along without you.

  25. Bumferry
    April 14, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    I turn off wifi and Data at night as a rule and have no issues with turning my phone off completely if I do not wish to be disturbed. It also helps not to have a distraction when I need to really concentrate.
    It's just a shame that nobody really calls, texts or emails me when it's turned on. haha.

  26. Aditya Roy
    April 14, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Most sundays i switch off mine.

  27. phogey2
    April 14, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    now it s gonna cost someone big time

  28. Wilson
    April 14, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    My wife is 7 months pregnant, no way

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      April 15, 2013 at 11:36 am

      I think that is considered as 'emergency'. How about normal daily life?

    • Yaara Lancet
      April 16, 2013 at 6:35 am

      What Lisa said. :)

  29. Paul Harris
    April 14, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    I noticed you stated cellphone and not smartphone. My cellphone is a dumb one; a basic cellphone, no camera, no internet, etc. Just a phone.

    I turn it on when I leave home and turn it off on return.

    I have no reason to have it on at home, as I have a landline.

    I am thinking of upgrading to a smartphone in 2014, but will still turn it off at night.

    • Yaara Lancet
      April 16, 2013 at 6:35 am

      Yes, I said cell phone, and meant it. Turning it off for a whole day means it's off when you're out of the house too. A whole day. This is tougher than people think, we're so used to being reachable no matter where we are.

      Would you do it?

  30. Arron Walker
    April 14, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    No way - I would however, stop it from being a smart phone for a day, if that was possible. The always connected part of everything isn't entirely necessary. However, there are important people I keep in touch with, friends and family. If necessary, I'd like them to be able to contact me. If I want private time, I can just say I'm busy. But if like actually happened to me in the last six months, a friend is rushed into hospital, I'd want to know. And that is how I'd be told, I wouldn't want to risk any delay on that, no matter how unlikely it may be

  31. Réy Aétar
    April 14, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Everybody should have a private world where they can be alone..
    it is a great way of getting relief from stress just try it turn off your gadgets off live like a nerd ;)

  32. mxpwr4
    April 14, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    "Would you turn off your cell phone for a whole day?"

    Sure, I've got my tablet.

    "Would you turn off your cell phone and tablet for a whole day?"

    Sure, I've got my laptop.

    "Would you turn off your cell phone, tablet, and laptop for a whole day?"


    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      April 15, 2013 at 11:35 am

      You crack me up. Thanks.

  33. Lyndon Dees
    April 14, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    The first time was an accident. Since then, I've come to enjoy occasionally turning my phone off for extended periods. I've come to accept the fact that I'm not as important as I tend to think I am, and that people can adjust to life and circumstances even if they can't reach me for a day or more.

  34. Dave Parrack
    April 14, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    I firmly believe everyone needs to allow themselves time away from being always-connected. If most people really looked at the content and contacts that comes through their phones they'd realize they could easily switch them off for at least one day a week without any great worry.

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