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Commuters reading their newspapers on a train in Philadelphia circa 1955 — decades before the invention of that grossly antisocial device: the smartphone.


Photograph via Getty Images but inspired by the Twitters

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How is reading a newspaper any less anti-social than reading on a smartphone? In this particular situation, I do not see any difference. You are still ignoring the person next to you. In fact, you would probably see fewer people with their phones in their hand on a commuter train today, than you see in this picture from 1955.