Smartphone Addicts or Zombies?

They’re everywhere. They can’t get off their phones. It’s their entire world. They’re the smartphone zombies.

Erica N
Erica N
Apr 10 · 2 min read
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Smartphone zombies. They walk among us.

They always stare down at their phones. They never let go.

Nothing in the world is as important as their phones.

They stare at their phones while walking. They stare at their phones while talking. They stare at their phones while partying. They stare at their phones while showering, eating, driving, while they're bored, and while they are entertained.

You can’t get them off of their phone. It’s their lifeline. Remove their phone and risk getting your head removed.

You risk having to deal with someone throwing a tantrum because they can’t read all 302 of their unread notifications.

Their phone has everything in it: movies, pictures, music, maps, food, video chatting, social media, games, the internet, their entire identity…

Their phones make all sorts of noises from beeping to ringing. Their phones vibrate. Every ten minutes it asks for attention.

The smartphone zombies walk among us. They strike the young and the old. They are men. They are women. They are non-binary. Sometimes they are animals. Yes, even animals are affected.

They nearly walk into walls, doors, and poles. They can’t finish a sentence. They can’t start a sentence. They can’t eat anything without first checking their phone. When they do eat, they chew their food without realizing it. An hour could go by and they are still chewing.

They’re mindless.

They lose track of time. Time doesn’t exist for smartphone zombies. When they say, they’ll be ready in 5 minutes, they really mean 5 hours.

They sleep with their phones, eat with their phones, shower with their phones, bathe with their phones. Some of them have their phones surgically attached to their hand so it will always remain with them. Forever.

How does one defeat the smartphone zombies? You can’t. As long as smartphones exist, there will always be smartphone zombies. No medical breakthrough is enough to combat smartphone zombies.

If you or a loved one is a smartphone zombie, there’s little that can be done but there is hope. Just look at the phone less every day. Go for a walk, read (not on your phone), stare at a wall, greet an animal and acknowledge that the earth exists outside that phone screen.

But whatever you do, avoid all smartphone zombies.

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An illustrator that writes humor and satire about everything and nothing at the same time.

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