Useless Without Cell Phones

Steven: You don't know about rain?
Peridot: I don't know anything without my screen.
Steven Universe, "When It Rains"

While cell phones can be useless, at times they can be more handy than we are. Because of them, we have access to every word in the dictionary, can communicate while not being in the same area as your friends, can find out about local and long-distance news as soon as it happens, watch porn in a public area, can shoot lasers out of satellites from space... and also watch every cat video available on YouTube.

Because of this, sometimes the cell phones are more useful than us, almost to the point of not even needing us to function. In that case, some would be completely helpless without our cell-phones or our tablets or our fancy-pants PCs and Macintoshes. They can't spell correctly, they can't adapt to their surrounding environment, they can't eat anything without submitting pictures of their food onto Twitter and Facebook. They probably wouldn't even know how to turn a page after using Kindle for so long. There is a reason why "Nomophobia" (fear of being without a mobile phone) is considered an official term in the psychological community these days. Safe to say, modern conveniences can be considered a necessity for most these days.


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    Live Action TV 
  • Tom Haverford from Parks and Recreation would rather go to jail than spend a week without his cell phone or other electronics. When a judge doles out exactly that punishment to him after live-tweeting while driving, he resorts to improvising the online experience, including making a simulation of Pinterest with a bulletin board… and "clicking" the pictures on it.

    Web Comic 

    Web Original 
  • In the Smosh video "OUR GENERATION IS F*CKED: The Movie", Anthony is used as a test subject to see if today's generation could get by in a world without cell-phones and internet where he quickly breaks down, slowly going crazy without modern conveniences. Safe to say, our generation is f*cked.
  • In the 28th episode of the All Def Digital YouTube series Dr. Reasons, the Dr. is treated a couple where the man literally does everything with texting. He never talks like a normal person, only sending texts (how he knows other people's numbers is never given), and when Dr. Reasons solves the issue by destroying his cell phone, he throws a fit and frightens them away only to pull out another cell phones out of his pocket.
  • In the twelthofadime video "Lord of the Facebooks", Kyle, Ben, Baxter and Charlie end up stranded on a deserted island which they later find out is not deserted. Baxter brings up that they would not be able to go on Facebook, Myspace and Twitter In their situation. Ben points out that food and shelter take higher priority, but because he is the Butt-Monkey, they all just tell him to shut up. While Kyle tries and fails to hunt, Baxter and Charlie instead try and replicate the experience of Facebook, Twitter and television.

    Western Animation 
  • In the Steven Universe episode "When It Rains", Peridot is frightened of thunder, thinking that it's the Cluster emerging. Steven explains that it is just thunder from the rain, but when he asks if she knew about rain, responds that she is lost without her software. Helping her get over this trope is one of the first steps towards her Heel–Face Turn.