Could you survive the withdrawal of not having it on you for every second of the day?
Just the thought of it might give you the jitters.
It's our lifeline, our go to friend. Sometimes the only thing we can depend on for instant gratification and information.
You may not want to admit it, but we all have a relationship with our cellphones.
"I use it all day," said Reggie Kiem, a 20-year-old sophomore at Indiana University South Bend.
His cell phone is attached to him. It's kinda like a leech. He said in the best possible way.
"I'd say it's a good dependency," Kiem said.
But sometimes too much of a good thing can almost turn into an addiction.
"Usually I'm texting throughout the day," Kiem said. "Facebook, twitter, theres always a new app coming out."
So for 24 hours we took away Reggie's phone.
No texting, no instant satisfaction, no head buried in a phone all day long.
It's a 24-hour cellphone detox.
Professor Alec Hosterman at IU South Bend says we could all survive without our phones.
But the question...how serious will the withdrawal be?
He says Reggie will probably reach for his phone even though its not there many times throughout the day. Then he might subconciously think it's ringing or vibrating in his pocket. But, most of all, his attention span will suffer.
"I bet you their ability to concentrate will diminish because they're worried they're missing something on that cellphone," Hosterman said.
This isn't a bad thing, it's just something we've become used to over the years.
Times have changed and we're adapting but take away our smart phones and you may see a different side to someone.
"Being away from it made me think a lot more about myself and what I need to do to better myself," Kiem said.
A full 24 hours later we met Reggie to return his phone.
"I would bet my salary the very first thing he does is he turns his cellphone on to see if he has any messages," Professor Hosterman said.
And he was spot on. Reggie got his phone back and turned it on right away.
"As I can feel my phone vibrating multiple times I must have missed a lot of texts and calls," Kiem said.
Hosterman said Reggie's behavior is normal and here's why: As humans we're always seeking affirmation. Having a phone always ringing or buzzing gives us that constant satisfaction that someone wants us or is waiting for us to respond.
"That 24 hours. I'd never experienced anything like that," Kiem said.
Reggie suggests trying a cellphone detox. A life without his head stuck in a smartphone made him much more aware of what he was missing.
"I recognized a couple friends I hadn't seen in awhile and it was good to catch up with them," Kiem said.
Reggie says one of the hardest parts of the detox was not using his cellphone as his alarm clock in the morning.
But thank goodness for our biological clocks. He still woke up on his own, on time.