Smart phones, tablets, laptops and other marvels of the digital age keep us more in touch with each other than ever before; yet because of the way we use these devices, sometimes it seems we’re more disconnected than ever. When we “multitask” while carrying on a conversation with another person, are we being technologically savvy or just plain rude? Two social media experts — a Georgia Tech professor of the Generation X cohort, and a mobile strategist of the millennial generation — weigh in on the subject.
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The rudeness of importance
By Ian Bogost
Everyone’s been there: You’re having a face-to-face conversation when your interlocutor reaches for her smartphone. Just as often you’re the culprit — pawing your iPhone at a family dinner, stealing glances at Facebook during a business meeting.
It took 50 years for computers to move from office basements to handbags, and scarcely five more for them to enter our pockets. Now we take them