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Moments to Kill

In the elevator, in the grocery line, at the DMV: the phone reduces that awkward tension in between those moments in public spaces and in moments of boredom.

Here’s a list of things you might check while waiting:

1 – Email ✅ Instagram ✅ Twitter ✅ Facebook ✅

Still waiting….

2 – Refresh Instagram ✅ RSS feeds ✅ Twitter ✅ Refresh Email ✅

Still waiting…getting bored

3 – Archive Emails ✅ Edit photos ✅ Play video games ✅ Refresh Instagram

Next in line….

4 – Facebook Message ✅ Snapchat a selfie ✅ Find a new app ✅ Check Instagram (again) ✅

Notice how Instagram keeps reoccurring. It’s designed to be addictive.

Never looking up isn’t a fad. It’s a fact of life. We can’t possibly focus on what’s in front of us while checking our phones at the same time. That’s why Casey Neistat’s new Beem app is so interesting. It allows you to record and share without looking at the phone, “removing the self-consciousness of sharing on social media.”

For the mobile generation, a moment to kill may be another moment to keep your head up.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.