iPhone and the "Pursuit of Truth"

New technology brings new (bad) habits, and the iPhone is no different. Michelle Quinn of the Los Angeles Times writes about how the iPhone is changing "a lighthearted conversation into the Pursuit of Truth":

When she whipped out her iPhone, Erica Sadum could feel her husband's eyes roll. But she had a point to prove. And in less than a minute, she was able to report to the skeptics around the dinner table that Menno Simons, whose followers are known as Mennonites, was in fact born in 1496.

Apple Inc.'s iPhone, which went on sale nine months ago, isn't the only so-called smart phone that provides itinerant access to the Web. But its wide screen and top-quality browser make it easy to use and read, which means it can in seconds change a lighthearted conversation into the Pursuit of Truth.

"It's turned me from a really annoying know-it-all into an incredibly annoying know-it-all, with the Internet to back me up," said Sadum, a technology writer in Denver. "It's not a social advantage."


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I'd like to know how she got the answer in less than a minute. I have an iphone, and while it's great to read the Internet (while in a doctor's waiting room not showing know-it-all status at a dinner) I've never been able to pull something up in "less than a minute." It's just not THAT fast.
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