Open Thread: Phone Fatigue

Last time (link is here), we all discussed our frustrations with certain cellphone issues.  One compelling issue is the dominance of cellphone communication over in-person communication.

Seems like my issues touched a chord – several people noted how friends they were meeting for coffee couldn’t stop looking at their phones.

There are a growing number of studies suggesting that cellphones are altering the way we communicate, and maybe even our very brains.  There’s even a growing debate that the next step is cellphone addiction.

What do you think? Do you think there is such a thing a cellphone addiction?  Let us know in the comments!

Virge Randall is Senior Planet’s Managing Editor. She is also a freelance culture reporter who seeks out hidden gems and unsung (or undersung) treasures for Straus Newspapers; her blog “Don’t Get Me Started” puts a quirky new spin on Old School New York City. Send your suggestions for Open Threads to her at

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