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Could you go a day without your phone?

Easier said than done.

Michael Short for Recode

We use our smartphones for everything: Messaging, calling, playing games, getting a ride, listening to podcasts (ahem) ...

But what if someone took away your smartphone for 24 hours? Would your day be any different?

On the latest episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask, The Verge's Lauren Goode says the answer is a definitive yes. She deprived herself of her iPhone for (gasp!) a full day and discussed how that experiment affected her routine with Recode's Kara Swisher.

For example: On her experiment day, phone-less Lauren was driving down a main street in Silicon Valley when she spotted a person on the side of the road.

"I thought, 'That's weird, there's something crumpled on the side of the road,'" Lauren said. "As I neared, I said, 'Oh my goodness, that is actually a person.' The first thing I did was reach behind me into the bag in my car, to try and grab my phone. Fortunately, two other people pulled over and started helping this person."

Kara and Lauren also shared and reacted to our readers' and listeners' thoughts about smartphone deprivation. To hear the whole discussion, listen to Too Embarrassed to Ask in the audio player above, or subscribe on iTunes, Google Play Music, TuneIn or Stitcher.

Thank you to Jason, Jack, Jill, Stephanie, Avi, Shayndi, Rohit, Kay and everyone else who sent in their thoughts about a day without smartphones. You can tweet your questions, comments and complaints about any tech topic to @LaurenGoode with the hashtag #TooEmbarrassed. And be sure to follow Lauren, @KaraSwisher and @Recode to get alerted when we're looking for questions about a specific topic.

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