Playing the Smartphone Addiction

If we were to track usage patterns for computers and mobile devices, it would surprise no one to see a continued shift toward the latter. For one thing, per such companies as HP (HPQ), Dell (DELL) and market-share leader Lenovo, we're certainly seeing more shipments in mobile vs. those for personal computers. But, beyond that, we're also seeing this trend in terms of usage time. Even in and around the Washington area, during the government shutdown people ate out less and spent less -- but they continued to use their mobile devices.

At first blush, that may sound like a good thing for companies like AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ), both of which benefitted from strong wireless businesses in the recently completed September quarter. There are, however, other companies -- social-media ones -- that are partly responsible for this near-addictive behavior when it comes to smartphone and tablet usage. As a casual observer, I can't tell you how many times I've seen people posting on Twitter, or checking Facebook (FB) or LinkedIn (LNKD), in the middle of a conversation or something else that demanded their attention....564 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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