After a recent New York Times column focused on kids’ gadget addiction, a reader wrote to say he counted how many of the students walking by him on the UCLA campus were plugged in, either talking, texting, or otherwise fiddling with a handheld device. It was 86 out of 100. This tallies with our own observations in the elevator of our apartment building just a couple blocks from a large university: Rarely does a student get on the elevator without staring intently at their tiny screen. Their movements are zombie-like; if the elevator wasn’t there they’d probably go straight down the shaft.

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