Proposition, that psychologically and socially cellphones satisfy the same needs as cigarettes, and decrease rather than increase people’s ability to communicate.

(How could an advance in communication technology decrease people’s ability to communicate? Maybe through over-communication and its resultant confusion. Or by communication being used more to amuse than inform.)

(Perhaps: any sort of advance in the ability to do, without a concomitant maintenance of something like “wisdom”, or common sense, about doing, results in an actual decrease of things productively done.)

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