Keitai Zombies of Tokyo

“Keitai” is cellphone in Japanese, and “Zombie” is just a typical Tokyoite.

VLC schoolgirl keitai mobile dumbwalking

VLC-logoActually, the schoolgirl above using VLC (videolan media player on her mobile phone) is less stupid than most typical Tokyo tossers.
Right now I am preparing for an adventure in Shibuya …with all the stairs and battling the Keitai Zombies (歩きスマホ) (Japanese “smartphone” users wandering aimlessly while texting) knocking into me on crutches, grrr.


Simulation shows the chaotic consequences of walking in Shibuya while staring at your phone
RocketNews24 | 2014/04/01…

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18 thoughts on “Keitai Zombies of Tokyo”

  1. Japanese people not pay attention to their surroundings when they walk down the street? Say it ain’t so!!!

  2. Japan’s smartphone ‘zombies’ turn urban areas into human pinball

    The Japan Times | 2014/11/17
    When the lights change at the scramble crossing near Tokyo’s Shibuya Station, one of the world’s busiest crosswalks, hundreds of people with their eyes glued to smartphone screens pick their way through the throng.
    Despite being engrossed in their phones, playing the latest installment of Candy Crush or chatting with their friends on the Line messaging app, most manage to weave around cyclists, skateboarders and their fellow Tokyoites.
    But the growing ranks of these cellphone addicts are turning cities like Tokyo, London, New York and Hong Kong into increasingly hazardous hot spots where zombified shoppers appear to be part of a vast game of human pinball.
    “Hey, watch it!” barked a middle-aged salaryman as a hipster typing on his smartphone slammed into him during one recent Friday evening rush hour.

  3. How Walking With Smartphones May Have Changed Pedestrian Etiquette
    Slashdot | February 22, 2015 — from the outta-the-way-bub dept.
    The phenomenon of ‘distracted walking’ — pedestrians who walk while using smartphones — has raised civic attention in the last few years, with Utah issuing fines and cities in China creating dedicated ‘smartphone lanes’ for walkers who need to keep up with Whatsapp on the move. This article {Stand aside for the smartphone generation} argues that smartphone users have become so accustomed to other people getting out of their way that they will no longer negotiate for sidewalk space even when not using their phones.

  4. I’m a special snowflake just like you. It’s okay for us to use cellphones when walking and driving but not anyone else. We are special and know how to do it safely. Rules are for other people.


    A lapse of attention at a rail crossing or unsafe behavior at a station can have dire if not deadly consequences. Let’s all do our part to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.

    Boing Boing | 2016/06/24
    Enjoy the stick figure horror of Metro Los Angeles’s grisly new transit safety videos!.


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