... are bad for people. The article seems to have missed the fact that the result of too many spam calls -- disengaging from your phone -- is exactly how the brain is supposed to work. You're supposed to dislike things that are bad for you and stop doing them. If the phone is a source of displeasure and stress, it should be avoided. And if people didn't cling to their phones all day, spam would less profitable and fewer people would make it, which would allow phones to be more useful for actual communication, like they used to be. Or you could just talk in person, that works for nearby people too.