Do cell phones take precedence over most other interactions?
Here’s a question that I pose occasionally to the college freshmen in my writing classes: Which is more interesting, television or conversation with other human beings?
They nearly always answer that conversation is more interesting. They may believe that it should be. Or that it actually is. Or they may believe that I wish them to affirm some old-fashioned value to which they imagine that I cling.
But I’m less interested in what should be more interesting than what really is. And, let’s face it,...