Mepark saidto my iPhone...
No more than I was to my Palm PDA for 11 years before the iPhone, and my Daytimers paper organizer before that. I am certainly dependent upon it, for my calendar and contacts. And like my Palm (which also had WiFi but not 3G broadband), I had many apps offering many services. It even had GPS, but wasn't a phone.
To me, it's a matter of functionality, not frivolity. I don't have a single iPhone video game, nor do I Twitter. The iPhone simply makes my daily life more efficient & effective, in some pretty amazing ways, I'll admit, but it's no addictive toy I have to be using continuously.
At restaurants & social functions it stays away, unless I want to show someone a photo, or consult my calendar at their request, perhaps share a phone number. Real people are always more important than pocket devices. I very often turn the phone ringer off; let the call go to voicemail, check it later, I'm with friends.
I mean, I suppose I could also whip out a paperback novel and start reading that at a party, too, or maybe a newspaper. The technology isn't the problem, but how we use it.
I'd already been accused of being addicted to my previous Palm, never without it. Well, I'd reply, are you addicted to your shoes? To your wristwatch, or other timepiece? These are the implements of our modern world, and I make no excuse for exploiting them, in ways that best advantage me.