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Spectrum - March 8, 2006


Question and interviews by Adena DeMonte Photographs by Marjan Sadoughi.

How would your life change if you did not have access to portable technology such as cell phones, blackberrys and laptops?

Asked at Midtown Shopping Center in Palo Alto.

Michelle Trejo


San Pierre Way, Palo Alto

"Without my cell phone I would have to delay activities after school, like hanging out with my friends, because my parents want to know where I am so that I'm safe."

Martin Stone

Business Consultant

El Verano Avenue, Palo Alto

"My wife would go completely bonkers that she wouldn't be able to find any of the kids. She'd probably send me on a tour of California at once to find all of the kids to make sure they were fine and in one piece."

Jill Hourani


Waverley Street, Palo Alto

"It would be really difficult to function."

Hank Fitzpatrick

Amateur Historian

Redwood Circle, Palo Alto

"Since I'm not ready for the 21st century yet. My life wouldn't be changed very much."

Katie Mogica


Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

"I would lose all of my friends, have no communication for work and not be able to drive places as much. I pretty much depend on it so my life would change drastically right now."


Posted by Melany, a resident of Mountain View
on Aug 16, 2007 at 1:53 pm

People drastically support on tehcnology these days which is fairly sad!

Posted by Parent, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 16, 2007 at 3:51 pm

There are plenty of pluses from these devices, but there are definitely minuses too. I do not enjoy listening in on other people's conversations when I am in line at the grocery store or eating my lunch. The fact that there is always a more advanced model within weeks when you buy is also a downer. I like the advances but would somehow like to see a better form of etiquette evolve in how people use them.