How Have Cell Phones Changed Our Behavior?

Jan 30, 2015

Cell phones have undeniably changed the way we communicate with one another.

Think about it, the last time you were going to be late, how did you alert the other party?

Life is what happens when you're too busy looking at your smart phone. - Dan Gogerty

During this episode of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Rey Junco, who studies human and computer interactions at Iowa State University, and Dan Gogerty, author of the book “Farmlines: Living in the Days of Dumb Phones and Analog Apps,” about how our behavior has changed in the 20 years since cell phones were first introduced.

Gogerty says that while cell phones make a lot of things easier, we should remember to put them down. “Life is what happens when you’re too busy looking at your smart phone.”

To start this conversation, Talk of Iowa producer Clare Roth gave up her cell phone for 24 hours and kept an audio diary of the experience. Hear her interview with Charity Nebbe below.