My Memory Is Left at the Boolean Gate

The Birmingham Post (England), March 14, 2013 | Go to article overview

My Memory Is Left at the Boolean Gate


Byline: CHRISUPTON

Not so long ago there was considerable public concern that prolonged exposure to a mobile phone might be harmful.

I've not heard of such worries for ages. Either we've learnt to live with it (a little extra thrown in with the free texts), or the phone companies are paying some university medical school not to investigate it.

Or perhaps the mobile doesn't fry the brain after all.

If the latter is the case, then it comes as a great disappointment. The one consolation of being subjected to hours of vacuous chit-chat on a train was the thought that the individual concerned was microwaving his ear. How unjust of the world if he's not.

Thus the smartphone is reinstated as the harmless and helpful servant of mankind.

However, I have some contradictory medical evidence. I've had such a device for a year or so now. Out it comes when I'm lost, or when I need to catch up on my e-mails, or send an urgent text.

More often than not, though, it manifests itself when I'm in the pub, and we're trying to remember what'shis-face, who starred in that film directed by what's-his-name. …

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