Looks like there's something in the news every day that ether makes me smile or makes me sad. Yesterday I posted about a whale found dead with a huge amount of plastic in his stomach. Today I found out that some people in South Korea are worried about smartphone zombies. They are also called smombies.
But who are they? Do you know? Are you one? I'm happy to announce that I'm not. I admit that I'm using my smartphone a lot and can say I'm addicted, it would be difficult to not have it, but I'm not a smartphone zombie for sure.
Smartphone zombies or smombies are people who who wander into traffic while looking at their phones. Unfortunately these people are all around the world, not only in South Korea. The number of people who own cellphones are getting higher every day.
According to the Pew Research Center, South Korea has the world’s highest smartphone penetration rate — according to the group’s spring 2018 data, 95 percent of the population owns a smartphone, compared to just just 81 percent in the United States. source
Walking or crossing the street while looking at your phone can be dangerous and it looks like people don't care or just too busy with their phones to realize that. You tell your kids to pay attention while crossing the street and not to use their phone on the street but the truth is adults are just the same, there's no difference between kids and adults.
So what do you do to avoid danger? The solution is:
a high-tech crosswalk that uses lights, lasers and an app to alert phone-addicted pedestrians that they’re about to be hit by a car.
The system, which detects pedestrians with radar sensors and thermal cameras, warns pedestrians with laser beam projections on the ground and flashing LED lights. source
Reading more about this subject I found out that
A similar LED sidewalk light system was installed at crosswalks in Tel Aviv, Israel. “We cannot force them to take their eyes out of the smartphone and into the road. We need to find ways to put the road into their eyes,” head of the traffic management division for Tel Aviv Tomer Dror told the Toronto Star. source
I was wondering if we are on the right track. What's wrong with people? I understand that using robots and artificial intelligence in some fields are useful and beneficial but I feel like some people are far from being normal and this is just the beginning. As technology advances, more problems are going to appear and more people will be acting less like human beings.