We’ve Become A Nation Of Phone Starers

The signs are all there: Essays that insist that incessant phone staring at dinner is the wave of the future, New Yorker cartoons painfully highlighting the phone-fixated state of socialization today, the fact that I broke my toe once because I was too busy tweeting via mobile to notice a sharply angled door, blogs about clever ways to prevent phone staring at dinner and now this …

This weekend Saturday Night Live took a jab at the world’s collective phone fetish with a parody commercial for the app “Headz Up.” “Headz Up” sends realtime notifications about “what’s in front of your face” like a speeding truck, a closed elevator door or your wife.

Perhaps the saddest part about this clip is that I think (the fake) “Headz Up” actually sounds like sort of a good idea.