Americans are turning to their smartphones during moments of downtime to ward off boredom, according to a CNN story.
A Pew Internet & American Life survey indicates that 45 percent of U.S. adults own smartphones, and that 42 percent of those owners use their phone to entertain themselves when they are bored.
An anthropology professor at the University of Alabama suggests that turning to smartphones is comparable to smoking a cigarette.
"Smartphones are like cigarettes are like junk food are like chewing your nails or doodling ...," claims Christopher Lynn in a recent essay.
How to localize:
Check with area vendors: How many people in your community own smartphones?
What are the most popular apps to wile away the hours? Reach out through Facebook and Twitter.
Ask readers if they think this behavior holds true for them. If so, do they consider it a habit that needs to be addressed?
What has happened to quiet time? Is there time for creative thinking or reflection?