Rising Female Death Rate – The Smartphone Zombie Apocalypse

“Inside the flat a fruity voice was reading out a list of figures which had something to do with the production of pig-iron. The voice came from an oblong metal plaque like a dulled mirror which formed part of the surface of the right-hand wall. Winston turned a switch and the voice sank somewhat, though the words were still distinguishable. The instrument (the telescreen, it was called) could be dimmed, but there was no way of shutting it off completely.”

George Orwell, from “1984

 

 

 

 

September 15, 2015 – It’s Time To Stop Feeling Guilty About Your Smartphone Use

November 20, 2015 – In Defence of the ‘Smartphone Zombie’

February 21, 2016 – Smartphone zombies are taking over our pavements. Am I the only person who thinks this is a good thing?

August 2, 2017 – Canada – Smartphone zombies: Are distracted walkers the menace they appear to be?

August 8, 2017 – Chris Selley: Silly to blame the smartphone for everything we’ve done 

October 31, 2017 – Canada – Ontario’s Proposed ‘Zombie Law’ to Ban Texting and Walking Is a Terrible Idea

 

 

 

 

As you can see from the set of quotes immediate above, the folks in charge are not your friends, and are lying to you about basically everything, including Smartphone Zombies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 3, 2012 – Readers: Are we headed for a smartphone zombie apocalypse? CNN

 

December 6, 2012 – Scott Jenson: ‘The zombie apocalypse of smart devices is coming

 

November 12, 2014 – Japan’s smartphone ‘zombies’ wreak havoc on the streets – Phys.org

 

March 2, 2015 – Beware the smartphone zombies blindly wandering around Hong Kong

 

September 15, 2015 – It’s Time To Stop Feeling Guilty About Your Smartphone Use

 

October 2, 2015 – 7 Scary Facts About Smartphone Addiction: Are YOU a Mobile Zombie?

 

November 20, 2015 – In Defence of the ‘Smartphone Zombie’ – Dojit Games

 

February 21, 2016 – Smartphone zombies are taking over our pavements. Am I the only person who thinks this is a good thing?

 

March 21, 2016 – Are you a smartphone zombie? – Times of India

 

June 27, 2016 – Seoul puts up road safety signs to warn ‘smartphone zombies’, East

 

August 14, 2016 – South Korea – Smartphone zombies have taken over Seoul – CNN – CNN.com

 

2017 – The Walking Dead: Is the smartphone turning your kid into a zombie?

 

February 16, 2017 – Pavement lights guide ‘smartphone zombies’ – BBC News – BBC.com

 

February 20, 2017 – 10 Signs Of The Smartphone Zombie Plague – Listverse

 

February 22, 2017 – Dutch town aims safety measures at the feet of “smartphone zombies”

 

April, 2017 – Association of evening smartphone use with cardiac autonomic nervous activity after awakening in adolescents living in high school dormitories.

Compared with the short group, the long group showed a significantly lower cardiac ANS activity (2727 ± 308 vs. 4455 ± 667 ms2, p = 0.030) with a tendency toward a high heart rate, in addition to later bedtimes during weekdays and more delayed wake-up times over the weekend
Conclusions

In this population, evening smartphone use may be associated with altered sleep-wake cycle and a diminished cardiac ANS activity after awakening could be affecting daytime activities.

 

May 10, 2017 – Are You a Smartphone Zombie? – The Spinery

 

June 22, 2017 – What can we do to stop the smartphone zombies on our roads? – Move

 

June 22, 2017 – Their view: Stopping smartphone zombie children

A Denver dad says smartphones turned his two youngest sons into zombies. So he turned himself into a crusader.

Timothy Farnum, an anesthesiologist, wants Colorado to be the first state to ban smartphone sales to children younger than 13, and he already has plenty of parents on board. The behavior of his boys, ages 10 and 11, underwent striking changes when they got phones.

They became withdrawn, distracted, disinterested in playing outdoors. When he tried to take the phones away, Farnum told CNN, one of his previously easygoing sons showed symptoms that looked alarmingly like drug withdrawal: “He was very addicted to this little machine. It kind of scared me.”

A study presented at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting found a direct correlation between handheld electronic media exposure and delayed speech in very young children. And that’s already a problem: According to the recent study, a survey conducted at children’s 18-month checkups found 1 parent in 5 said their child was already exposed to at least a half-hour of screen time daily.

A columnist for Psychology Today explains it this way: A child hearing a story read by a parent visualizes the action taking place, interacts with the reader, and begins to link printed words with language. A child watching a video is passive, yet comes to expect constant stimulation: “The device does the thinking for them … their own cognitive muscles remain weak.”

 

July 28, 2017 – Honolulu targets ‘smartphone zombies’ with crosswalk ban – Reuters

 

August 2, 2017 – Canada – Smartphone zombies: Are distracted walkers the menace they appear to be?

 

August 8, 2017 – Chris Selley: Silly to blame the smartphone for everything we’ve done …

 

October 16, 2017 – Hansen: We are slaves to our smartphones. We are the Facebook Zombie Army. We are the Walking and Tweeting Dead

 

October 31, 2017 – U.K. – Lampposts covered in AIRBAGS to stop ‘smartphone zombies’ bumping into them

 

October 31, 2017 – Canada – Ontario’s Proposed ‘Zombie Law’ to Ban Texting and Walking Is a Terrible Idea

The Canadian province is just the latest place to look at a ban on “distracted walking.”

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