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Among everybody from our leaders to our teenagers, no habit is spreading faster than being connected 24/7 via a smart phone.

Its penetration in the U.S. is estimated at 18%, and it seems that everywhere you turn, people are using their smart phones in new ways and in new places. Samsung recently estimated that it expects 500 million global smart-phone users by 2012. Actual phone calls are becoming extinct compared with handheld texts and email messages — whoever thought people would prefer typing to talking? But the evidence appears to say they do.

This has also given rise to a group of people — the top 10% of smart-phone users — who just can’t stop. They are the smartphoniacs, the true addicts of the information age. Here are five tell-tale traits of Smartphoniacs:

Do they take their smart phones with them when they get up from the table to go to the restroom — and do they take an awful lot of trips there?
Do you receive messages from them while you know they are driving (increasingly being banned in state after state), or at midnight on Saturday night?
Do they come up with excuses in the middle of a conversation to pull out their smart phone — something like “let me jot something you said down so I don’t forget it,” and then sneak a look at all their messages?

Read the full article “Smartphoniacs: Addicts of the Information Age” in the Wall Street Journal (July 7, 2009).

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