I am convinced that cell phones are an addiction to many people, especially the younger generation who never lived without them.
I have a rule in my house...no phones allowed in the dining room. I REFUSE to prepare, cook and serve a meal and eat with cell phone zombies.
These last 20 years since cell phones have become an appendage to one's arm have been particularly aggravating to those of us who lived perfectly productive lives without cell phones. This does not make us old fashioned or ignorant to today's technology, it is just that people in the latter half of their lives have manners that the young folks never learned, regarding cell phone use.
Social media has a hold on so many people and I find it amazing because it is nothing more than cyber hypnosis without any real value that adds nothing to one's life. It is so unproductive.
The other day I was at a stop light. The car next to me had five young adults, all engrossed in their cell phones and no one in that car was engaged with one another as they were preoccupied with their phones. Even the driver!! The days of socializing and communicating face to face are part of our past, as people are becoming less and less socialized as cell phones take over their undivided attention.
When I am with someone and my cell phone rings, I ignore it because I am busy living in the moment. Some people actually panic to see that I am not answering my phone as I reach into my purse and stop it from ringing instead of answering it.
My phone does not own me. I have it for my own personal convenience, not every one elses.