POTW: the Cell Phone Barrier

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I like to eat out, and one of the best parts of dining is having good conversation with one's companions. Lately, though, I've been seeing a lot of this kind of thing shown below (I've blotted out the faces): that is, one person completely absorbed in their mobile phone and another either doing the same thing or – more pathetically – just staring at them, getting no attention (in this instance, I think it was a daughter and father).


I mean, why do they even call this "social" networking? It seems to me that the entire phenomenon of everyone being equipped with the ability to stay in touch is, in fact, dividing people? I find scenes like this poignant, and I wish we'd all just put our iPhones down and talk with each other again.