Quote Originally Posted by BradS View Post
I guess my complaint is not about any technology (regardless of market share) but rather, my complaint is about people and their behavior.

and, no, I do not believe that the technology has necessarily caused the behaviour. In other words, I still believe that one can own and use a given technology without the technology displacing one's culture. I think it possible to own and use a smartphone without letting it get in the way of normal human face-to-face interaction. Unfortunately, possession of a smartphone, for many, separates them from their humanity. I see high school kids walking to school in a group...none of them are talkingt to one another nor even looking at each other...they're all staring down at the little smartphone..texting (maybe even texting each other), or doing whatever they do...same thing happened the other night at the jazz lounge...a bunch of adults all sitting together but, all intently interacting with the technology instead of with one another...
I have a phone that I use for calls, texts, and occasionally a picture (like if the wife sends me to the store for something and I don't know which one to get - a camera phone is great for that). It's a "dumb" phone.

I am guilty of texting someone in the same room as me - usually if it's something I don't want others (like the kids) to overhear. Otherwise I just talk to 'em if we're in the same room.