Friday, September 25, 2009

We So Need Our Mobile Phones...

...and without them, we will die. An exaggeration. But you know what I mean.

Yesterday, for instance. Life was at a standstill for a lot of people -- specifically Celcom users, when connection was disrupted for some 12 hours. (HERE's why)

Anyway, a survey conducted across 11 countries found that mobile phones are now so much a part of our lives, and that we cannot leave home without them.
The survey by global market research company Synovate In:fact conducted in June this year with over 8,000 urban mobile phone owners in Malaysia, Canada, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, United Kingdom and the United States found that 75% said they never leave home without it.

The survey, which was released in early September, also found that 36% go as far to say they cannot live without their mobile phones.

In Malaysia, two-thirds of the 800 respondents said they never leave home without their mobile phones, while 62% admitted that they even sleep with their mobile phones close by. And half of the respondents said they get excited whenever their phone rings or beeps for a message.


Also, the t
he survey touched on the impact of text messaging (or SMS) in the respondents' lives. While mobile phones undoubtedly have become an essential tool for communications, they have also evolved into a tool for break ups.

Twenty-three percent of the respondents from the Philippines admitted that break ups are easier done via SMS followed closely behind by Russians and Malaysians (22% respectively).


Anonymous said...

Frankly, I don't think I can leave the house without my handphone.

But I long for yesteryears when if no one could get you at your work phone or your house phone, then you were left alone.

I think the hp, in some ways, is an added stressor to life.

Roslina said...

Hi Nuraina,
I noticed the problem when I couldn't call my friends. On a positive note, I'm glad it happened when not much is happening at the office since everyone is still on holiday. I got an sms from Celcom apologising for the interupption today - I thought that was nice. I come from an technical background so I understand that things can go wrong - the test is how long it takes for the company to restore the service. I am in a forgiving mood during Syawal.

Anonymous said...

You are lucky to get SMS from CELCOM.

My family thought we overused our limit.
We called CELCOM but waited over 5 minutes no answer repeatedly.
We went to their web site - no news.

Finally, we decided to go to the nearest CELCOM center where the lady told us the problem. WHEW !!! It was problem at CELCOM side yesterday.

This morning was OK and started again around 10:30. When will this end ?

Waiting something to happen before deciding to improve - I thought this is only at PBT but if exist in CELCOM then we are not moving forward 2020 as visioned by TMM.

Nani Cheras.

Anonymous said...


Ever since I was diagnosed with hypertension, I stop using it. My life is less hectic now much more organised and peaceful.

Try being without it for just a week, you will feel the difference.


Anonymous said...

Don't exclude element of sabotage as yet, as many thing is possible nowadays. Question is who?

Hidden agenda?


Anonymous said...

Have always managed to live withOUT it, in any circumstances. Also hate people who practically have their handphones glued to their ears and think everybody need to listen to their conversations...urggh! I wish I could throw a handgrenade everytime I see drivers talking on their hps while stalling the traffic or zigzagging their way through it . Then they wonder why their kids are so chatty and their phone bills a madness!! No thanks!

Anak Perelih said...

for handphone users...
handphones come with "miss called" and "message inbox" features... USE IT !!!
don't use your handphone while driving for making /answering calls and sms

Samuel Goh Kim Eng said...


We can't be left alone
Without our mobile phones
With or without their clones
Like dogs with their chewing bones

(C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng - 280909
Mon. 28th Sept. 2009.

Rahman Chan said...

Mobile phone, a pain in the butt and a useful gadget all rolled into one. i'll rather be without it if i'm home with my family but never leave home without it when i'm away from them. I suppose the way we view this gadget depends evry much on one's present situation or circumstances.

kiki said...

that's like the atmosphere of technology.
the point is that we can't stay away from the technology.