As the afternoon slump hit, Starbucks was crowded with addicts who needed a jolt. While 15 people stood in line behind him, a man’s cell phone rang as soon as he began to give his complicated coffee order. He obviously believed that he was much more important than everyone behind him and immediately answered whoever was calling. The young barista, looking timid, didn’t know how she should respond, and the people in line, growing exponentially more frustrated by the second, resented the rudeness that the cell snob displayed. The irony of communications technology, which enables others to reach us wherever we are, is that it tempts us to behave as though no one else is around.
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