Women take a lot of criticism for gossiping and always being on the phone, but this picture of 4 men all using their smart phone is solid proof that men are no different than women when it comes to gossiping.
The photograph you see was taken at Burrito Express in Roswell, New Mexico and shows 4 men standing in line, one after the other, all completely absorbed by whatever happens to be on the display of the their smart phones. In the old days, quite a bit of social activity took place while waiting in line. Perhaps, catching up with an old colleague or neighbor that you had not seen in many moons.
Nowadays people waiting in line often have their heads down and make no overtures towards striking up a conversation with anyone in their proximity. What do you want to bet that the four men that you see on their cell phones during lunch break also tie up their family bathroom while pecking away at their smart phone keyboard?!
To call smart phone usage an addiction/epidemic is probably a little hyperbolic, but we should be alert to the negative social consequences of excessive cell phone usage!