Check out yesterday's NY Times Week in Review, page 14. Ken Belson writes "I Want to Be Alone. Please Call Me." Discussing the social implications of public cell phone conversations, he says, "Settings previously devoted to eye-to-eye contact and earnest talk are fast turning into venues for shutting out others."
Amen! I will say more on this soon, when I get to Robert Putnam and "Bowling Alone."