They are with one foot in the matrix.
I think we need to step back once in a while and rethink what is really important to us.
When I even just read a book, I often catch myself with a grin or a frown. So if being glued to smartphones is enhancing so many lives so greatly, where are the signs of liveliness?
It's fine when people derp out on Facebook. It's not fine that even non-profit orgs with the money to spare can't be arsed to make their own actual website. It's fine when people can't be arsed to have actual email and went for google. It's not fine that I can't write them without google turning that into ad juice. It's fine that some people can't deal with anything but bit-sized distraction, it's not fine that their economic and political decisions affect me.
It's the same principle why you're not allowed to drive drunk, expect it's really hard introduce that principle into a society of mostly drunk drivers. What they consider benign and their right I consider a threat to me.
> The problem of text-walkers has become such a problem that cities such as Antwerp in Belgium, has introduced ‘text-walking lanes’ so that they do not irritate or endanger other pedestrians.
> The scheme is the brainchild of a local mobile phone business, Mlab, which says many smartphones are broken in collisions between pedestrians.
> China has already started segregating footpaths with special lanes for those using their phones.
> Initiatives are also being introduced in a number of European countries to place fixed warnings on the ground to alert pedestrians to the presence of roads and tram tracks.
The streets are already plastered with ads, now they'll also get plastered with reminders of just how cringe worthy so many people became so quickly. I know this is arrogant, but I'm just as unapologetic about that as smartphone addicts are. Kinda like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFQFB5YpDZE&t=8m18s