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Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2003


How vital is technology to your life?

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Paola Villani
Student, 24

I am pretty addicted to my keitai, TV and digicam. Technology has a pretty big influence over my life -- maybe too much, but my watch is the one thing I can't live without. In Italy not everyone has a keitai, but here it's standard; you need one.

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Andrew Conrad
Lawyer, 40

I'm a bit of a dinosaur; I can use a cell phone, but I can't use e-mail on the phone. But I can't live without my TV remote. It depends on the person, but I think technology tends to be used more for business purposes in the U.S. than it is here.

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Mattias Bergman
Diplomat, 37

Here, in my PDA I have my life. I have all my contacts, all my namecards and all my notes. I use if for a camera, video, Internet. It' a portable lifestyle but also a high-tech lifestyle. I think technology is more important here for the younger generation as a consumer application.

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Nuraisyamsuzura Rozaidi
Engineer, 27

I'm bound to technology, but I don't think people here view it as separate to their lives, it's a part of their lifestyle. They even have a robot that washes your butt and keeps it warm. It's part of life here.

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Sato Mukunoki
Therapist, 27

The most important thing to me is aromatherapy. In Japan, there's a lot more need for holistic technology, not just technology for its own sake.

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Nicholas Trelawney
Navy, 26

Technology provides about 75 percent of my entertainment, from music to movies to TV. Here it doesn't seem like there are many things that can do without some aspect of technology. Back home you can do much more outdoor things, but the population here does seem to rely on it pretty heavily.

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