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The case for quiet, digital media-free spaces

Cellphones Planes

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In this Oct. 31, 2013, file photo, a passenger checks her cell phone before a flight in Boston. Federal regulators said Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, that rules against making cellphone calls during airline flights are "outdated," and it's time to change them. The Federal Aviation Administration recently lifted restrictions on the use of most personal electronic devices during takeoffs and landings, but not cellphone calls, which fall under the FCC. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Not everyone is excited by the FCC's proposal to lift the ban on cell calls mid-flight. Though it might be convenient for some, the thought of a plane full of people gabbing relentlessly is creating some criticism of the plan.

Lawmakers agree, too. Three of them, including California Senator Dianne Feinstein, have introduced bills to keep a form of the ban in place. If you think about it, there are very few public spaces where you're still able to enjoy the quiet away from cell conversations.

Perhaps there's an argument in trying to preserve them, wherever they are.

Here to explain is Levi Felix, the co-founder of Digital Detox, an organization that offers workshops, seminars, and activities that teach people how to live off-line.


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