I've been fighting this in my own social circle, how about you guys? http://techcrunch.com/2011/02/21/phones-at-dinner/ Granted, I'm an introvert to begin with, so yeah, the phone CAN be a crutch in social situations. But. I'm having much more fun and because I'm naturally introverted it's not like I'm actually interacting any less, it's just that others have a target for which to blame my quietness on. And then there's the jealousy: 'So is what you are doing on there sooooo much more interesting than being here now with us?' How to explain that that isn't quite true but that being in multiple places does make me feel more in tune with both?