Phone zombies wreak havoc
TOKYO: When the lights change at the Shibuya crossing in Japan’s capital, one of the world’s busiest pedestrian thoroughfares, hundreds of people, their eyes glued to smartphones, pick their way over the road.
Despite being engrossed in Candy Crush, most manage to weave around cyclists, skateboarders and fellow Tokyoites.
But the growing ranks of these cellphone addicts are making cities like Tokyo, London, New York and Hong Kong increasingly hazardous, where zombified shoppers appear to be part of vast games of human pinball.
“Hey, watch it!” barks a salaryman as a hipster typing on his smartphone slams into him.
“Incidents involving people walking or on bicycles account for 41 percent of phonerelated accidents,” said Tetsuya Yamamoto, a senior official at Tokyo fire department.
“It goes beyond being an innocuous inconvenience where both people apologise before continuing on their merry way.”
Tokyo fire department, which runs the ambulance service too, says in the four years to last year, 122 people had to be rushed to hospital after accidents caused by pedestrians using cellphones.
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Zombified shoppers appear to be part of vast games of human pinball