This tech mind game is stressing people out

Could you actually give up your Apple laptop? Really?
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New York Times tech columnist Farhad Manjoo posed an innocent-enough looking question Tuesday afternoon about which tech brands and products people would drop from their lives.

But the question really stressed people out, despite being just a hypothetical, fun mind game.

As many noted, this was like a ruthless, teched-out version of the game “F*ck, Marry, Kill,” where you have to decide which of three celebrities you’d F, M, and K. But instead of Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Idris Elba, this was with major tech companies.

In a few short hours more than 400 people responded and gave us a glimpse into people’s dependency on their phones, home deliveries, Netflix, and more. Based on this admittedly not-very-large sample size we found some key takeaways.

Everyone’s cool with slashing Facebook first

Poor Facebook was easily most people’s first pick to remove. Though some people realized their Instagram life would be ruined, but so be it.

Netflix is life

Netflix depends largely on Amazon’s cloud service, AWS, to run so people quickly figured out if all AWS-enabled platforms were gone they’d be sorry. This gave a big boost to Amazon’s ranking.

Nobody wants to trade in Google search for Bing

There’s also commuters who depend on Waze and hardcore YouTube fans who aren’t ready to jump ship to Vimeo or other video services.

People can’t remember a functioning world before Amazon Prime

If you can’t get free and fast shipping what is life, really?

Apple is like our second skin, but if forced we could shed it

Even if our iPhones are glued to our hands, they could be replaced with a Samsung Galaxy S8 or Pixel if really necessary.

The overall winner (aka the company that was listed last most often) appears to be Amazon. Getting your groceries straight to your door from the touch of a button is just too good to give up. And the nightmare of losing Netflix and chill is too real.

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