Nomophobia. Do you have it?

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  1. scheherazade Northern Horse Whisperer Valued Senior Member

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    I would tend to agree that the name given sounds like it may have been coined by a group of high-school kids, suffering angst at being told to leave their phones in their lockers. :)
     
  2. wynn ˙ Valued Senior Member

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    Breaking in and rearranging furniture and such can be a sign of gaslighting.
    It's an attempt to make someone crazy.
     
  3. scheherazade Northern Horse Whisperer Valued Senior Member

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    Dogs can be a deterrent, for certain. I used to have sled dogs and nothing was getting within 100 yards of the house without myself and the neighborhood knowing about it.

    I have not had a dog in many years but the neighbors on both sides do so I benefit from the overlap. The horses also are quite good watch dogs and if I am outside, I can tell what's going on merely by observing their actions.

    Inside the house, we have two cats and they are pretty aware of anyone or anything on the other side of the walls as well. A few years ago, there were some break-ins a couple of miles away, the teenage kids of some of the residents, looking for money, booze and things they could easily peddle. They seemed to avoid this end of the subdivision, likely because we were the hunting crowd, and the emergency responders. My neighbor has the avalanche dogs and we WOULD track them down, lol... :)
     
  4. scheherazade Northern Horse Whisperer Valued Senior Member

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    An interesting link, wynn. Thank you for posting it. I was not aware of that term.

    In these parts, 'gas lighting' is striking a match to a white gas (naptha) lamp or propane lighting in remote cabins that are not on the grid. :)
     
  5. scheherazade Northern Horse Whisperer Valued Senior Member

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    It does indeed seem like the new generation of phones can provide such a variety of diversion, in addition to being a GPS and communication device, that people are becoming interactive with and dependent upon their personal gadget.

    The internet was several years delayed in getting to consumers this far north and so we may well be at a somewhat less advanced stage of this experiential curve. :bugeye:
     
  6. scheherazade Northern Horse Whisperer Valued Senior Member

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    Too true, especially when you factor in winter weather and wildlife as well. :(
     
  7. wynn ˙ Valued Senior Member

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    BTW - Do mobile phones even work in that cold?
     
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    I can't imagine a total stranger doing that kind of thing. So I would look closer to home for the culprit. Sometimes very hard to believe who might be causing the paranoia. I would hazard a guess that if you are not gay (the opposite sex). For whatever reason, understanding not required.:D
     
  9. KilljoyKlown Whatever Valued Senior Member

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    I think batteries do crap out at low temperatures. Not sure what that is at the moment. But a phone kept in a pocket close to the body should okay for normal usage.
     
  10. wynn ˙ Valued Senior Member

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    Cosmictraveler said that on Halloween, he gave kids packaged sliced apples.
    If he does other such things that are generally perceived as awkward, he could easily draw an unwelcome attention of the neighborhood kids and others.
     
  11. scheherazade Northern Horse Whisperer Valued Senior Member

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    They work inside heated buildings and vehicles. If it's not too cold, one can carry it in an inside pocket of a warm coat.

    If my memory serves, it's operating range is 0C-35C.
     
  12. wynn ˙ Valued Senior Member

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    Mine goes numb at around 0 °C. Bah.
     
  13. scheherazade Northern Horse Whisperer Valued Senior Member

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    True.

    When it's -30C to -40C outdoors however, even an inside parka pocket will be pretty cold if you are wearing several layers of clothing under the parka. (Insulation works both ways.) You would pretty much need that pocket in your thermal undies and have a decent metabolism to keep it warm. :D

    One can use those chemical hand-warmers to help with the heat factor for the phone as long as they are not in direct contact with the phone to prevent any contamination from the contents of the hand-warmers.
     
  14. scheherazade Northern Horse Whisperer Valued Senior Member

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    Try one of those hand warmers if you have the opportunity. They are good for about 6 hours as I recall (brands vary) and a warm phone will at least get you a short call, longer if you have warm hands as well. :)
     
  15. KilljoyKlown Whatever Valued Senior Member

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    I refuse to be anywhere that it gets that cold, so not a problem for me.:D
     
  16. scheherazade Northern Horse Whisperer Valued Senior Member

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    'Nomophobia' raises another concern besides the potential adverse effects on those afflicted with this condition and the substantiated dangers they present to the rest of the world and to themselves when distracted in this manner. :bugeye:

    Mobile phones are predicted to be the new target for hackers as most of them lack in security features.

    http://bottomline.msnbc.msn.com/_ne...tphone-hacking-will-rise-in-2012-experts-warn

    Another reason for keeping my cellphone simply for use as an emergency voice communication system and NOT enabling the internet access on it.

    Yes, I still actually GO to the bank for most of my financial needs. While I recognize that their security can be compromised like that of any other, I should hope they have more resources to throw at the concern than does the average individual.

    Besides, by making it's slightly inconvenient to access what funds I have, I find that I give more thought to my expenditures and purchases. :D
     
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  20. scheherazade Northern Horse Whisperer Valued Senior Member

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    Excellent post, wynn.

    Oprah is a trend setter and this is one area where she can perhaps make a life-saving difference.
     
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