In the midst of Hurricane Sandy, some New Yorkers were left without power or running water. However, a bigger concern to some was the lack of smartphone access. During the storm, people came up with creative ways to communicate with one another. However, as The New York Times cited, living without a smartphone made some realize just how dependent on technology they had become.
Tay McEvers, 27, a television producer, said, “The lack of information was unnerving. You would hear that the water wasn’t safe to drink or that the lights were going to come back at 4 and have no way to verify it.”
Other New Yorkers complained about the difficulty of making connections and meeting up with friends without a cellphone. During and following the storm, people flocked to bars for company and exchange of information picked up by others.