Trending at Halftime: N.B.A. Players Checking Their Phones

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The professional sports locker room is a sanctuary, a place that is supposed to be free of outside distractions. At halftime of an N.B.A. game, for instance, players sit attentively, absorbing the coach’s instructions. They rehydrate, and maybe even change into a fresh uniform. Their focus for those 15 minutes rests entirely on what must be done in the second half to win the game.

Except when they’re flicking through their smartphone notifications on the sly.

The habit of monitoring mobile devices officially now has no bounds, not even at the locker room door. In a league populated by athletes who have grown up with a ball in one hand and a mobile device in the other, players are increasingly returning to the court only after taking a few quick swipes through some messages.


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