Hodejo1 writes: Cocooning is used to describe people who hide from the angst of the outside world by sequestering themselves in their living rooms. Modern media technology, from tablets to huge flat screens, has taken it all up to a new level, allowing people to work and entertain themselves without ever leaving the warm comfort of home. In what some now describe as super cocooning, consumers in 2012 spent sharply less on hotels (-21%), car rentals (-26%), restaurants (-16%) and tolls (-8%) than in 2011, while consumer spending on electronics exploded by 65% during the same period. "It does not take a brilliant intuition to figure out that super cocooning equals chunky couch potato. If super cocooning indeed adds to an already significant obesity crisis in this nation and if media devices feed super cocooning...well, you know what's going to come in the near future. Alarming little teasers on your favorite television news program along the lines of Is the iPad Making You FAT?"