YouSpeak: Cell Phones in Our Lives
Are we using them too much?
Sometime next year, the number of cell phones in use will exceed the number of people on the planet. That’s the forecast of the International Telecommunications Union, the United Nations agency responsible for information and communications technologies, which predicts cell phone subscriptions will reach about 7.3 billion in 2014. The device has been adopted faster than any other consumer technology in history.
But with such rapid growth comes lots of grousing. You can’t go to a movie or play without someone’s phone going off. On the T, you’re often subjected to very personal—and very loud—chatter. And what about those friends at dinner, who think nothing of answering their phone in the middle of a conversation?
Then there are the deeper, philosophical questions mobile technology has prompted, such as whether our constant texting and tweeting are eroding the art of conversation.
What do you think? This week’s “YouSpeak” asks: “Do people use their cell phones too much?”
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