What would life be like without a cell phone?

Spectators take pictures with their smartphones as they watch a parade celebrating Britain's athletes who competed in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in central London on September 10, 2012.

What do you suppose life would be like if you'd never gotten hooked on that oh-so-handy electronic tether?

Gary Sernovitz is the managing director of the investment firm Lime Rock Partners. And he doesn't have a cell phone.

"For the last two decades, I have spent 83 percent of my waking hours enjoying the freedom of not owning a cellphone, 5 percent feeling smug about it, 2 percent in situations in which a phone would have been awfully convenient and 10 percent fielding incredulous questions," he wrote for the Wall Street Journal. "But in a few weeks, I will buy a phone. I am scared. I am afraid of losing a small part of my identity."

Tell us -- do you think you could hold out on having a cell phone for so long? Comment below or tweet us @marketplaceAPM with your thoughts.

About the author

Gary Sernovitz is the managing director at the investment firm Lime Rock Partners.


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