Raise your hand if you're guilty! Or, you know, just avoid direct eye contact and continue to poke down at your iPhone instead.
It's a worrying attitude. It's socially diminishing... This report by The Pew Research Center, although specific for the United States, should hold true for most western nations. And as the writer of the following story states, it´s not 13%. I have a feeling it's far higher.
I don't know about you, but doesn't 13% seem kind of... low?
Here at TIME at least, it seems like four out of every five people in any given elevator can't go a floor without pulling out their BlackBerry (you can't get reception inside of the elevator, either, I might add).
Not that it's a bad thing! You can only have so many stunted conversations about the weather, and if I have to hear another joke about a crowded elevator running "local" my eyeballs might roll so hard they'll invert toward the back of my skull.
Maybe cell phones aren't so much a social crutch as they are a tool for keeping us connected with the people we'd really like to be connected with! Or maybe we just love our devices so much that we'd rather swipe at their little icons than, you know, have sex!
Over at The Atlantic they're trying to float a name for this awkward but necessary practice ("dodge dialing"? "phaking"?).
Personally, I think it depends on the situation. At a bar, for instance, "dodge dialing" is fine. In an elevator? I'd prefer we call it "protocol".