Unlimited texting, work e-mails when you're not at work, a day's worth of Facebook updates, the last minute's worth of tweets, a middle school classmate's Instagrams, a salvo of Snapchats we'd rather not discuss, popular Vines of cats and fantasy baseball lineups in need of tweaking, together, give us enough to monitor from our phones to sort of justify never letting them stray more than an arm's length from our person.
"I keep it about this far away," an older man told Fox 5, gesturing to the phone-holster on his hip. "That's it. And even when I'm sleeping, it's on the nightstand where I can reach it."
People these days -- and not just kids -- are always on their phones. We're not exactly breaking new with this one. But we did want to ask: How does this make us feel?
"If I'm with my friends and they're on their phones," a younger man said, "I'll be like: 'Yo! What are you doing?'"
"It's not right," another young man said. "You should put your phone in your pocket."
But even if you can successfully multitask -- continuing a conversation in person while checking scores and mapping out your route home on your cell -- it somehow discounts what you have to say. We know it bothers our grandfathers, mothers, bosses, teachers, boyfriends and girlfriends, but we still can't stop. Silent phones light up a room. We can feel vibrations through tables, pants and purses. And, even if we do give in and shut off our digital lifeblood, we always wonder all the fantastic things we might be missing.
"It's like a part of me is not there," a young man told Fox 5.