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Phone Zombies.

Someone I know just sent me a photo of themselves at a pool, in Spain. Every non-swimming person, sitting or standing around the pool was on their phone. It’s hot, sun is shining down, the blue water shimmering in the light. But, no one is engaging in it. Wow. It looks so scary! I can’t show you due to privacy, but goodness…. it’s rather disturbing.

I’ve put together a video on Mobile Zombies, but I haven’t gone into depths about the examples of how disturbing this is:

I was walking through Ealing Green this week, a young man passed me on a bicycle, on his mobile with both hands, not holding his handle bars.

There was a couple on my bus last month, they were evidently from another country and were speaking a different language. They had two identical toddler daughters in a double seat pushchair. They were overtired and kept being aggravating, taking off their shoes, pulling each others hair. The Dad shouted, then gave his big phone to one of them and she sat their just scrolling on whatever internet page was up at the time. It was like the phone sedated her.

I’ve seen a toddler boy on the tube, holding a real book in his hands and trying to turn the pages by swiping, like you would with your finger on your mobiles!!!!!

It’s becoming rather common, to see Mothers/Fathers pushing their children in buggies, whilst being on their phone. Not paying attention to whats ahead of them or keeping their child’s safety top priority.

I’ve seen people nearly be hit by cars because they are too fixated on what’s on their phone with headphones. One guy in Ealing hadn’t realised how close to death he came, because his music was so loud.

When I see the bus drivers wear headphones, it makes me nervous.

My canteen is full of laptop/phone users, instagramming food or internet surfing. The library is full of people sitting with books on their laps and phones in hands on top.

90% of my classes are on their mobiles or laptops in class. We have no phone signal at Ealing Studios, but due to the wifi, who needs phone signal! When we started the course, no one would dare look at their phones, now 50/60 people are obviously on devices and not interested in what’s taught.

Everyone on public transport is on mobiles. It’s when the trains go underground that you see the frustration and addiction in peoples eyes.

Waiting at the bus stop is disturbing too, the 65 is a busy route, the amount of people who get on those buses amazes me. When they all line up, they all get their mobiles out. It’s like a line of mobile users.

Walking in the street, the majority are walking with phones in hands, headphones in ears.

Couples eat meals whilst on phones. Friends go out and sit their talking to each other whilst faces down and on the phone. I sat in McDonalds in February with my Mum and we didn’t take our phones. Hers was dead and mine was low on battery, we had a two hour drive home. We sat eating and directly across from us, was a family of six. The two parents spent a good 40 minutes on their phones, rarely looking up at the baby and youngsters at the table (who surprisingly, without the supervision - were behaving so well).

I miss logging off YouTube at 10pm at night and not returning till 7pm the next day. I miss going to school and not one person was on their phone in the corridors. I would love to go to a concert where mobile phones are banned so we can enjoy the music instead of documenting it. I want to go out with people and not feel pressurised to sharing that with 70,000 people. I want to be in a world where the phone is less.

I’m writing this at my computer. I do some of the above too, I’m not a non-phone user. But I do keep an eye on my safety like walking along.

I was standing at the bus stop this week, looked up and an elderly lady on the bus in front of me and gave the most odd look at me. I was texting my Dad about the day, but I was on my phone. I suddenly felt to be embarrassed being on my device.

I’m beginning to feel extremely uncomfortable in the world outside. It’s just a sea of mobile zombies and even if I lift my head up to meet everyone else, most are looking down.