I’m part of the last generation that grew up without a smartphone. My old Motorola Razr is still sitting somewhere in my drawer and I once had a conversation with my stepmother that went along the lines of “Taking photos with your phone? Haha, that will never catch on”. I was already in my twenties when I got my first smartphone, but now I can’t imagine life without it anymore.
I wouldn’t consider myself a smartphone zombie, but I don’t understand people who complain about others being glued to their phone on the train or bus. I can’t think of a better way to kill time during the commute than to use that amazing pocket device that connects you to all the information the internet has to offer.
But in Hong Kong, people take using smartphones to a whole new level. Wherever you go, you’ll see people walking around staring down at their screen. Many are browsing through Facebook, some are playing games or watching a tv show while they’re walking. Slowly of course, and preferably in the middle of the street so others have to squeeze past. My main annoyance are the people who suddenly stop walking to focus on their phone.
I know Hong Kongers are busy people and their phones give them the opportunity to squeeze in that chat with their friends between work, but does anyone really need to play Candy Crush on their way to grab lunch at 7Eleven?
Still the coolest city in the world.