Would you rather lose the use of all phone devices or one of your hands?

Jon Brooks (@JonBrooks) 6 years, 12 months ago

Technology has become a part of us.

Question:

Would you rather lose the use of all motorized vehicles, all telecommunication devices and computers, or one of your hands?

July 3, 2015 at 8:33 am
Jon Brooks (4,512)A (@JonBrooks) 6 years, 12 months ago ago

Such a difficult one. I would have to keep my hands. But then again you would be SEVERELY limited in life. Actually, I’d lose the hand. Technology and transport are things I couldn’t live without. 

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Martijn Schirp (112,780)A (@martijn) 6 years, 12 months ago ago

Did you just reply to your own question? :o

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Jon Brooks (4,512)A (@JonBrooks) 6 years, 12 months ago ago

Lol, it’s a bit weird but I figured “go first!” 

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Martijn Schirp (112,780)A (@martijn) 6 years, 12 months ago ago

I would go for transport, obviously. Im too attached to my hands! Ha! 

This guy inspired me to no ends: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlYJQ0psZYA
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Jon Brooks (4,512)A (@JonBrooks) 6 years, 11 months ago ago

Have you reconsidered this now?

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LBoogie (10) (@LBoogie) 6 years, 12 months ago ago

I’d lose the tech then find myself a bike and a tent and explore the world!

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Jon Brooks (4,512)A (@JonBrooks) 6 years, 12 months ago ago

Good answer! How would you be able to make the money to afford the bike though?

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LBoogie (10) (@LBoogie) 6 years, 11 months ago ago

Sell the phone and/or devices I was no longer going to be using. Or barter. 

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Ego (9) (@scurley) 6 years, 11 months ago ago

Some people already have bikes 

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James H (3) (@asphaltcowboy) 6 years, 12 months ago ago

That is a bit of a tough question to answer, but I am leaning toward electronic devices. I don’t think I could live without the use of my hands

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Jon Brooks (4,512)A (@JonBrooks) 6 years, 12 months ago ago

How drastically do you think your life would change after ditching electronics? 

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Kasha (1) (@Kasha-Johnson) 6 years, 12 months ago ago

lose the tech. Really its just an object that is inbetween connections, remove it and you can still connect, its just a bit harder, but more classic which is what I think is needed sometimes… but it would be really hard lawl

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Jon Brooks (4,512)A (@JonBrooks) 6 years, 11 months ago ago

Don’t you think tech is more than just an object? Take your shoes. They’re just an object, but how limited would your life be if you had to go everywhere barefooted. In a way, shoes improve your feet. 

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Ego (9) (@scurley) 6 years, 11 months ago ago

People who live in places wear they don’t regularly were shoes get along just fine in very rugged environments like the amazon

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Jordan Lejuwaan (23,445)A (@jordan) 6 years, 12 months ago ago

I’d ditch the hand for a faster/stronger prosthetic and keep using my devices

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Peter (116) (@Gismo) 6 years, 11 months ago ago

Haha, I like this out :-D but otherwise take my stuff and keep your thing’ies of my hands! :-P

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Jon Brooks (4,512)A (@JonBrooks) 6 years, 11 months ago ago

And then maybe get a red eye installed and a leather jacket? 

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Ego (9) (@scurley) 6 years, 11 months ago ago

I like this answer 

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swisswuff (1) (@swisswuff) 6 years, 11 months ago ago

There exists no such device.

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Dusty (14) (@abe-linkin) 6 years, 11 months ago ago

Fascinating question. I rather like my hands. I could probably live without all my technology related things, but it’s not all about me. I’d be surrounded by people who still have full use of their technology. This would make survival in this world quite a bit more complicated. I’d be disqualified from jobs (unless I can use other people’s technology just fine), be limited to bike travel (I live in the city, so a horse isn’t an option; though that’d be more fun), and lose many of the things I enjoy. 

I don’t want to steal another person’s comment, but depending on the prosthetics available, I might sacrifice a single hand (can I choose which one?) to keep technology. I like to be as non-material oriented as I can, but my field of study is pretty computer oriented. It’s possible without, but I’d be at a major disadvantage in such a competitive world. 

But if no prosthetics are available, I’d find a community where living without technology is made easier. 

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Jon Brooks (4,512)A (@JonBrooks) 6 years, 11 months ago ago

Yeah, a single hand is fine. I don’t think losing a hand is that big of a deal unless you’re a knight of the kings guard like Jamie Lannister. Roahl Dahl’s father lost his hand and could tie his shoelaces just as fast after a bit of practice. 

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Ego (9) (@scurley) 6 years, 11 months ago ago

Some one already mentioned it. But musical instruments was an obvious one for me, and I imagine there are plenty of other things were you basically need both hands 

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prancing.snail (0) (@prancing.snail) 6 years, 11 months ago ago

Keep hands and take up an Amish lifestyle

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Jon Brooks (4,512)A (@JonBrooks) 6 years, 11 months ago ago

Good answer! No using Google to get there though! Just ask a lot of people while riding your bike! 

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Ego (9) (@scurley) 6 years, 11 months ago ago

Again this is something you could know with out Google. If you live by an Amish community you don’t really forget where it is.

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pbourget (0) (@Pbourget) 6 years, 11 months ago ago

Technology comes and goes. The ability to think critically and creatively and using all of your faculties to their utmost potential is far more valuable. A no brainer for me although the choice would be filled with challenges, new ways of doing things would emerge out of necessity.

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Jon Brooks (4,512)A (@JonBrooks) 6 years, 11 months ago ago

I hear that side of things. Although my caveat would be that the distinction between organic technology and synthetic technology is negligible.  

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Ego (9) (@scurley) 6 years, 11 months ago ago

Maybe it’s because I’m an idiot but I feel like you are trying to hard to use big words to bolster your credibility in this response. I appreciate an extensive vocabulary but not every word has to be a three dollar word. I think this person was initially saying that once they stopped using technology new behaviors regarding what one gets from technology would change out of the need not that new technology would emerge and replace what was given up.

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bill (3) (@billk) 6 years, 11 months ago ago

I had a stroke and lost use of my left hand (dominant) and left side of my body. I’ve got about 90% use back. When you lose the use of something important, the need to have all of it back is relentless. I have gone from dial phones to my current Note 3, I started on 2nd generation computers up through today. I would give up all the technology to walk like a normal man… and I would do it today.

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Ego (9) (@scurley) 6 years, 11 months ago ago

I was kind of leaning towards keeping my hands from the beginning but if this if your statement is true and just made up for the sake of argument (necessary disclaimer on the Internet) that makes your your opinion on the matter a little more credible since you seem to understand the reality of both situations  and only makes me feel more confident in my position on the matter 

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Thornon (0) (@Thornon) 6 years, 11 months ago ago

It seems adding motorized transportation is a bit arbitrary -as such forms of transport existed long before computers and smartphones and the only real connection would be they are all ‘modern’ inventions- and makes the question much more difficult to answer, in this context you would have to live within a close proximity of your job, friends and family (perhaps if being a passenger is allowed this is not as much of a hinderence) to be workable (choosing to keep your hand), if it were just phones and computers I would choose to keep my hand.

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Jon Brooks (4,512)A (@JonBrooks) 6 years, 11 months ago ago

I think the question is about “technology as an extension of our body and mind”. I see what you mean though. Life would seem like a prison without motorized vehicles.

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Ego (9) (@scurley) 6 years, 11 months ago ago

It depends where you live where I’m at traveling by car is more constraining

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Adam W (2) (@shadowwolf6tails) 6 years, 11 months ago ago

I’d keep my hands unless I could get a replacement which would be just as good as my current hardware. I’d hate to loose the musical capabilities which I’ve trained for all my life just so I could get around, communicate and learn faster. 

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Jon Brooks (4,512)A (@JonBrooks) 6 years, 11 months ago ago

Hmmm yeah! If you’re a musician that makes a lot of sense. 

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Ego (9) (@scurley) 6 years, 11 months ago ago

I agree. Though I’m just learning music but it’s been so enjoyable I’d prefer to continue learning that than have a phone car and computer 

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