“It’s a generational thing,” Ms. Beaudreault said. “I could be out with my friends, and we’re all on our phones, still carrying on the conversation, and it’s not weird to anyone.”
For people of a certain technological proclivity, this has become the new multitasking: to live simultaneously in the physical world and in their smartphones, without missing out on either.
Is life more interesting through the filter of a phone? Or are the heavy users like the 30 percent of young adults in a recent survey by the Pew Internet and American Life Project who said they sometimes used their phones to avoid interacting with the people around them?
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