Coincidentally, my mother and I went out for breakfast today after my doctor’s appointment. The people seated closest to us were about 15 feet away. No cell phones. But they were discussing their biology lab class, detailing dissecting some animal or another. Not exactly the conversation I wanted to accompany my eggs and bacon, really. But they were talking to one another across their table, not on cell phones. I’d take someone having a conversation on a cell phone right next to me about almost anything over that particular overheard subject.