Are Smartphones making people socially stupid?

Cell Phone RespectThere are 7.2 billion people in the world. To date, there are 7.9 mobile devices in circulation.

Last week I saw a documentary on PBS about cell phone addiction. There are rumors that cellphone addiction will be added to the next DSM as a mental illness.

One of the bloggers in blogging club shared about driving to Michigan to visit with her Grandkids and was amused that they spent most of the time staring at their smartphones.

This is the sad but true case with my Grandkids as well. I’ve noticed that many young people stare at their phones while in public places with friends or family, I wonder if social skills need to be revisited in schools. Its my observation that social intelligence is best learned through modeling or by example. As adults what are we modeling for our young?