It's a problem everywhere, not just on the slopes.
The irony of it all is that the gadget obsessed think they're being sophisticated, but they are only doing what the dumbest and lowest class individuals do: obsess over their public consumption of phones, gadgets, Facebook.
I remember feeling pressured to conform with so many people constantly talking about their gadgets, their computers, their this, their that. It dawned on me that the poorest and stupidest students that I was teaching all were obsessed with their gadgets, too. And they were obsessed with Facebook as well.
So how important can all this gadgetry be? As a point of honor, I refuse to become gadget obsessed.
The teens and twenty somethings are obsessed. They have their right. I won't stop them. But in time they will learn that these gadgets are not enhancing one's life. They're taking up precious time that could be spent doing something worthwhile.
Your discussion about gadget obsessed students sticks out the most to me. Being a student I have seen many people step out of class to take a phone call, or text during an exam. This type of behavior just makes me sick. I was taught to respect those who are speaking and those who are instructing me. Im guessing the gadget obsessed students are the type of students that use pry while writing papers, ive seen it. Anyway when im skiing i dont use any gadgets other than a helmet. I do not get reception at my local hill and a cell phone getting that cold ruins the battery. I am always glad to see students who don't need $250 cell phones and the newest Ipods. Im also glad to know that there are plenty of hard working dedicated students out there to lead our nation and keep our economy strong.