The Pew Internet and American Life Project has a new report on mobile technology and it signals some cultural changes taking hold: Increasing use, sharing, connection and, in some cases, apprehension.
The majority of Americans polled still don't have an aggressive attachment to mobile technology, but some 40 per cent feel they do.
The cohort Pew calls the "ambivalent networkers" are young and glued to their gear, even if they understand it's worthwhile to unplug from time to time. But they're online in some cases because they fear what would happen if they went off the grid.
Their technology feels like an obligation.
That said, there is a similarly-sized cohort at ease with the technology, collaborating effectively and often.