Monday, November 24, 2014

Japan's Smartphone "Zombies"

I just loved the title of this article in the Japan Times:

"Japan's smartphone 'zombies' turn urban areas into human pinball."

The interesting thing is, I've always thought that Japanese in urban areas are tuned out from their environment. Never would I call them "zombies," but I have been run into, run over, bumped, slid along walls, redirected (including go from "up" to "down" on stairways), etc. in Japan, particularly in train stations. It is closely related to how they tend to create their own mental space in crowds, even though they may be in contact with several other people, physically.
(Click Here) to read the whole story on the Japan Times website.
Apparently, this walking and biking while using smartphones is a serious problem.