According to documents provided by whistle-blower Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency is gathering 5 billion records per day regarding the whereabouts of cellphones. And, of course, the NSA claims any information found about users of those devices during this widespread, paranoid data collection is merely incidental.
Researchers at the University of Maryland have studied the consequences of 200 American college students unhooking from all media—cell phones, social media, Internet—for 24 hours, finding that many suffered symptoms of withdrawal similar to those in drug and alcohol addictions.
Rejoice! With bids coming in to wire New York’s subway stations, you’ll never have to miss a fascinating discussion about someone’s dinner plans, or their stomachache, or whatever else they choose to spew on their captive audiences. | story