Would You Give Up Your Sense of Smell Before You Gave Up Tech?

In a survey of 7,000 16-to-30-year-olds, a not-entirely-surprising 53 percent chose tech over their sense of smell. Most of us here at Giz picked tech, since we'd obviously be massively unemployed without it. When we put the question to you on Twitter, most of you agreed with us, though our readers might not be the most impartial audience.

Here are a few of the more thoughtful responses:

@richard_dorian: "I gave up my hearing for tech a long time ago so what the hey, might as well give up my sense of smell too."

@ryan_garcia: "smell,because eventually they will have an app for smell."

@RaghuKannan: "smell! Most things smell like shit anyways."

@efycho: "Tech, because someone who smells good just turns me on. Tech? My iPod doesn't turn me on, unless I have porn on it."

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What do the rest of you think? [NY Mag]

DISCUSSION

darkly
Darkly

God No! No! I would never give up my sense of smell. I have a really strong sense of smell and it has an inherent link to my emotions. Smells can take me right back to my childhood. A few years ago when my Grandmother died we found a treasure trove of old photographs and one of them was of two old women. My Mother told me that they were a couple of Aunts of mine and that they had died when I was around threeish. On asking her where they'd lived and being told around the corner from where we had lived at the time I immediately asked if their house had smelt of roses. It turns out that it had and finally explained why I always used to get a warm glow when I smelt roses. Certain smells have the same effect on me as songs. I would never give up my sense of smell.