I would like to know if there is a typical expression or phrase, used by native speakers, for someone who always has their mobile phone in their hand.
I would prefer a spoken expression rather than a formal one.
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The idea of someone who is always holding in theirs hands a mobile phone ( quite a common issues) suggests an overuse and sort of 'attachment' to the tech devise. I think that a proper expression is:
- a mobile phone addict ( see pics).
Mobile phone overuse is an issue seen among certain mobile phone users:
- Just like the television and computers, mobile phones are technological instruments which, as numerous studies and research show, are being used more and more often and which are objects that people can become addicted to.
Consider the expression to be glued 24/7 which in speech would be
to be glued twenty-four seven
You can say this with practically anything "She's glued 24/7 to mobile phones; video games; TV; social networks; computers; Twitter; EL&U...
The following excerpt is taken from Education Week
If students are “glued” 24/7 to their mobile devices, why is it necessary for schools to teach digital literacy? Who should teach it? And wait … what does it even mean to be “digitally literate”?
So far, the answers seem to focus on the negative aspects of being deeply attached to one's mobile phone—not that there's anything wrong with taking that view.
But at the technology magazines where I've worked, writers often put a positive spin on the same behavior by emphasizing that a person who is constantly consulting his or her smartphone or tablet or other fabulous mobile device is connected or on the grid or linked in.
My own inclination, however, is to go with slave to technology.
There is a medical word for describing that pathology: