Comparing the changing attitudes to smoking in the US with the rise of mobile phone usage, Douglas Rushkoff thinks mobile phones could go the way of the cigarette.
Although mobies will not be banned like the ciggy, he quite rightly observes that similar laws in the US that have been introduced in the UK to limit and restrict the usage of mobile phones. While some measures are quite rightly introduced to improve safety--like banning usage whilst driving (without a headset etc) other measures are more to do with social courtesy.
In New York, Sleuth discovers from Rushkoff's post that (in a Yoda voice) "Cell Wars," begun have they, as a backlash to bad mobile phone behaviour is starting to rise.
If this trend continues, perhaps a new niche market for the mobile manufacturers is to put lighters in mobiles for smokers that have to go outside to call and smoke?
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