I am struggling to answer this question!
Is there a single verb to describe the actions of someone walking along a pavement in London, or any other city for that matter, when that person casually/frantically retrieves a mobile phone from a part of their body or clothing; stares at it enigmatically, often purses the lips, then puts it back from whence it was retrieved.
There is never a sound from either the machine or it’s owner.
The action spells despair, hope for unrequited love, position in a hierarchy, peer gropu pressure, insecurity in their society…
I wish I knew, as the word hasn’t been invented yet.