Assignment Prompts Reporter to Change His Cell Phone Habits

Why Nick Bilton now uses a headset.


Sometimes, details about the reporting of the story are as intriguing as the story itself.

Halfway through the NYT Styles section article “Could Wearable Computers Be as Harmful as Cigarettes?” (the headline has since been changed), columnist Nick Bilton wonders about the fact that a source who believes cell phones can be potentially harmful to the human body has instructed him to call out to a cell:

While Dr. Joseph Mercola is a vocal proponent of cellphone safety, he told me to call him on his cell when I emailed about an interview.

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