Street Savvy, the Otaku Guy
Hey guys. Street Savvy the Otaku Guy here. You know, a while back I remember Nintendo addressing this very same problem. Even though people may be all together in the same room, no one is interacting with each other. They're all too busy on their individual personal devices. So they called this phenomenon "alone together."
Of course this was as a part of their promotion for a video game, but they did make a very good point. I've seen this myself several times and let me tell you it's much better to be alone alone than alone together.
Like most Otaku, I've gone all my life with no friends at all. I've always been the only kid who lives here in my neighborhood, and even now I'm still the only young person here with the next youngest person being in their mid 60s. And as a smart straight A student, my only interaction with another person at school has always been fighting.
So I don't have a cell phone since having no one to talk to, I never saw a point in wasting money on something that I'll never use. Except for my N - Gage, which I only bought because it's a video game machine. I didn't even know until much later on that it also functions as a cell phone.
But at least I was always free to get creative and adjust everything so I can do it single person. Even though it was pretty weird playing Tag and board games and such against myself.
But you can't have any Me vs. Me moments when you're alone together. So you can't do anything at all while everyone else is playing on their phones. Until I remembered I had my 3DS with me since it counts up my steps when I walk around with it in my pocket, and there are 3DS games where your success is based on how many steps you've taken. So I pulled that out and started playing on it, only to find out later on that everyone in the room got mad at me because my device was not a phone.