Re Ana Veciana-Suarez’s Nov. 11 column, Cell phone addiction: Can we beat it?: I’ve been doing a heck of a lot of traveling around the globe and have noted that this cell-phone/texting addiction appears to be a habit peculiar to the United States, no matter the age of the populace.
In India, I was told that texting prohibitively costs just as much as a cell-phone call. Economically well-off countries with a young urban population, such as in Poland, have all of the gadgets, but just don’t seem to be staring at them at all times of the day and night. Same thing in southern African countries and most of the bizarre urban and rural foreign places that I have visited.
I believe that this addiction truly is a U.S. phenomenon.
Don Deresz, Miami