Smartphone zombies in the year 2016

Wherever you go on public transport these days, you’ll see almost every one of your fellow passengers absorbed in their smartphones.

Tram full of passengers absorbed in their smartphones

So I was a little surprised the other day when I saw somebody reading a *dead tree* newspaper on the train home.

A strange sight in 2015, a passenger reads a *dead tree* newspaper

Might I add, it was a copy of The Age and not a copy of mX bound for the cat litter box.

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12 Responses to “Smartphone zombies in the year 2016”

  1. jon says:

    Wow, the Age still exists?

  2. Eric says:

    You see if I bury my head in my smartphone and cover my ears with headphones, I can ‘pretend’ i hear no evil and see no evil. That way I can ‘pretend’ I have no accountability for my fellow community members.
    I am guilty as the person next to me. What to do?
    Seriously, most of the bad treatment on public transport can be reduced by community members acting.

    Thanks for this article Marcus.

  3. Andrew S says:

    I remember commuting to work near Caulfield station in the late 2000’s and seeing the occasional passenger struggling with the old broadsheet Age folding over bits of paper and the inevitable loose single page in the middle falling out. Come March 2013 and it switched to ‘compact’ size (Don’t mention the ‘t’ word though!)

  4. Seph Murphy says:

    The worst part is that with all these zombies everywhere, some places are putting in pedestrian lights in the pavement so people don’t have to look up at all http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-27/german-town-introduces-in-ground-traffic-lights-for-pedestrians/7363414

  5. mgm says:

    Of course, we’ve all seen photos like this.
    https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/800/1*K5xa0DTTLUGcbsOvx7ET1A.jpeg
    Different era, different medium.

  6. Philip says:

    None of them giving the ladies a seat, of course.

  7. Kevin says:

    How did you take those photos? Smartphone??

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