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Smart Phones V. Public Space

Newsflash! Smart phone users barely register their surroundings. Egads! OK, that's a personal dysfunction, right? Not exactly, at least when you're talking about society's interactions with public space. More than those oddballs with flip phones, smart phone users pass through and linger in public communal space without much awareness of it or the other people using it. A new study, outlined in Atlantic Cities, demonstrates that smart phone users generally remember nothing about a space they left just 10 minutes ago. What will be the implications on planning new public space as a citizenry grows more and more detached, and how will etiquette be reshaped when the old private/public binary is confused? [Atlantic Cities, image: Shuttershack]