I sat, book in hand, and took a moment to observe those around me in the pub.
Duo of girls, huddled around an iPad, their silence only broken by a falling satchel.
Single men, awaiting their companions, staring intently at social media feeds on palm-sized devices.
In the distance, a gathering of individuals from a different generation, laughing, interacting, reinforcing words with slight contact. Surrounding a long table, their animation a backdrop to the fixed silence of those focusing on portable media devices.
Exiting, I noticed a smartphone, albeit enclosed in a decorative case, was within hands reach of one of the members of the long table. This is a symptom of our modern age; even those in the midst of conversation cannot resist the luring promise of social media: heightened connectivity, community, togetherness.