I think also people are bored. they are,maybe, not aware of how looking for what really is happening is very interesting even if it hurts. I live in a city and walk a lot and take busses and it is very evident that almost everyone is possessed by their mobile phones. Now it is evident, we were talking about this the other day with Hesperides. Very rare to see someone without an I phone. Just old seniors, but now old people have their mobiles, also. Sometimes I have the impression to live surrounded by people that are crazy, talking alone (they are talking in their mobiles), walking looking their mobiles, etc. Even those who walk their dogs are looking their mobiles!
Few days ago I had a little conversation about using smart-phones as a multitasking devices. My stand is that those things are making us distracted and cut us off from real life and that I'm old-fashioned because I'm trying not to use it too much (I read text files, use apps for communication but don't have internet in it, only catch WiFi (unfortunately) if needed; I prefer old mobile phone now); the other stand was that "this is an adaptation thing", so if you are using smart-phones and their various applications for "improving your life" you are better adapted to life in general. I don't see this point of view at any point rational, I can explain it in my mind as rational if I "wear other skin" but I see it from my perspective and don't see the point. People are different it seems. I feel those devices like one of the Orwell's Telescreen's. Even if i use it sometimes. And yeah, loreta, people walking their dogs with their head lowered to the screen - ridiculous ! I noticed exactly the same and goggle at it :)