As much as I love sounds and being able to hear every single little thing- along with playing piano and violin- I believe I'd choose sight. I am a bit of a particularly visual learner, and I really love drawing far too much, even though I'm better with music. I think if I was deaf at least I would be able to see what I'm doing, I'd be able to hit the right notes and still play.
This is so difficult... I had to eat tasteless food for a month, this one time, and at the end of it I was completely desperate for decent food. It's insane, I had no idea. If I were to lose it, I would never again taste the sweetness of my mom's cake, the cozy taste of grandma's soup, the strong flavour of a wild friend's cooking, the bitterness of a cold lemonade in the summer. I wouldn't taste the delicious and simple bread, still warm after we left the bakery, with some butter and a nice cup of milk. I would eventually forget the acidity of an apple, the basic strenght of a beef, the pleasure of an ice cream. About smelling... There are nice things to it, but if I think of the times I had to cover my nose because of unpleasent scents >.< But, do I really don't need it? I love my mom's perfume, the smell of my grandma's house. I like to feel the air filled with the taste of christmas food. I love the smell of a new book, the pencil that fills a piece of paper, the strong smell of a pen. I like to recognize the smell of my dearest friends when I hold them, and I like how what I smell makes me fell at home. As to hearing, I really like music. Really. It picks you up on a bad day, it calms you when you're stressed, it gives you energy when you're exhausted, and so on. A life of silence seems terrible. "People talking without speaking; people hearing without listening; people writing songs that voices never shared. And no one dared to disturb the sound of silence." That's bad. I like to hear the birds in the morning, the river running far away, the waves of the ocean, the wind blowing at my hears. I like to hear a whisper that's only meant for me, I like to hear my friends call my name, I like to hear them laugh and do want to be able to hear if they cry. I like the voices of the ones I love and I wouldn't want to live without it. Sight is also really important for me, for I love reading, writing and drawing, and watching the beauty of what surrounds me, and for all those I need my eyes fully functioning. It's the one sense I always considered the most important in my daily life and for my mental stability. I don't want to forget how my family looks. I want to watch my friends play football and smile at me. I want to keep that stupid smile I always have when I look at the guy I love. I want to watch the world, because there's a whole lot that I don't want to stop seeing and much more that I haven't even seen yet. Last, but not the least, touch. Even though one can totally live without it, I still think my mental well being would suffer from a lifetime of not feeling the hug of a friend, or the kiss of a lover; the fresh of the water through my tired feet after a hot day of summer; the warmth of the sun in a cold winter afternoon. I wouldn't be able to hold a pen or pencil, feel and turn the pages of a book. I wouldn't feel my long curly hair softly tickling my back when i take off my shirt. I wouldn't feel my own tears, I wouldn't feel anything. I wouldn't have a presence and I'd be a ghost for myself and, eventually, for everyone around me. So, basically, no, thanks. I'll keep them all
Well I am close to deafness already, so I could live with out that. Already close to blind too. I don't have anyone to touch or hold. If I was in a relationship at the moment I'd say touch. Smell has it's ups and downs and when it normally has it's ups I can't smell it because of the pollen. Which leaves taste. I love my food. So either taste or touch.
You are asking users of deviantART which sense they would want to keep. Oh I wonder which sense is the most popular? Just kidding.
Joking aside, I believe (in my basic/instinct point of view) sight and hearing would be the most popular because those are the senses that animals use often to survive that don't involve getting hurt in the process. Taste/smell and touch help us survive, but involve either tasting something vile (spices,...poop) or burning our hand. In a cultural sense, Sight hearing and Taste come up often in my opinion. But I am surprised that touch is third now.
Touch, I don't know how you could function without it. And I feel like touch is a really good way to communicate with others, so even if you were cut off in other ways you have a physical tether. Second for me would probably be hearing.
This is a surprisingly hard question because each have their own strong arguments. I'd probably knock out smell first. There are some nice smells out there, but I can live without them. Next goes taste. Smell and taste are senses that are connected so losing one kind of means losing the other. Other than that, taste is a wonderful thing to have, but the last three sentences mean more to me. Now these three are where it gets hard. I'd first let go of hearing because as much as I love music and hearing people speak, living with ONLY hearing would be frightening. Not being able to see anyone or feel them when they touch you. I'd be terrified. I had to think about sight and touch for a little bit, but eventually decided to leave sight behind because as much as I love drawing and looking at the lovely and colorful world around me, I'd hate not being able to feel it. It'd be like living in a museum where you can look but not touch (well you can touch, but you wouldn't feel it). I'd probably go crazy. So I ended up with touch. Being able to feel everything would allow me to remain sane the longest.
Touch, because it is the best way to show and receive love! I could still communicate through touch and read just fine (braille) and keep a sense for my body and surroundings. I'd miss music though. Very much. But hey, I could at least still sense the bass line As much as I like visual aesthetics as well, I could live without sight.
I already can't see or hear well so I wouldn't mind loosing those. My hands are so calloused over that they're numb so I don't mind loosing touch, and taste is just to make food more desirable so that can go. I like the sense of smell. Probably because it's the one that works the best for me right now, I can smell things before my friends will, and for some reason I find that really cool.
Definitely Touch. I was going to select "sight" but a lot of blind people function fairly normally, same with the deaf and dumb. Food will be food but without touch you could severely injure yourself and not know it. I'm pretty sure there is a disease like that, and sufferers constantly have to check themselves for injuries that go unnoticed with pain.
A lot of people take their sense of touch for granted, but it is the most important sense. Touch can also speak a lot of emotions between people, you can still physically feel music, and feel textures of food (without then swallowing fish bones by mistake). The blind can read braille, the deaf and dumb can sign, if you are blind and deaf, Hellen Keller functioned just fine with sense of touch.
Sight, might be difficult to not know what you're using the other senses for if you can't see it. Because the rest of your senses could deceive you. Like say, you think you hear something and you get the idea it's an alien. You go check it out, just someone making a bunch of noise. Or, you feel something slimy and think it's some weird space goop. Turns out, just some peanut butter. You smell some smoke, usually the sign of a fire. Just someone burning some leaves. You get where I'm going with this?
If you couldn't feel anything, you couldn't live like a human being. You couldn't feel the ground beneath you, or the food in your mouth, or the difference between the sidewalk and the road as you almost fall in from of oncoming traffic- Touch, seriously.
Funny because I've been asking myself that some times now. I can't choose between hearing and seeing, cause I need to see to be able to draw, and I need my hearing to listen to music, and sing. Those things I love the most, I'm not able to choose any of them :3