A comical look at the way modern society ‘communicates’

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Are you tired of seeing slack-jawed smartphone junkies staring at their phone screens and wandering around like zombies?

If you catch public transport, recently sat at a café, or walked down the street in any given town, you must have seen these ‘modern’ phone-o-philes. They’re the ones with hunched backs and ‘text-neck’ caused by looking down at their phones too much. They’re the ones you walk into at the top of the escalator because they’re too busy looking at their phone to notice that there are 50 people waiting to get off. The ones whom, when asked a question, will immediately defer to Google for the answer instead of using their own heads. They’ll invite you out for coffee, only to sit on the other side of the table taking photos of said coffee to post on Facebook for all their other ‘friends’ to see.

Like it or not, this behaviour is here to stay, so we may as well all get a laugh out of it, eh? Hopefully this collection of comics about the death of conversation helps bring out a few chuckles.

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca is a voracious reader who loves words. You'll often find him spending time in galleries, writing, designing, painting, drawing, or photographing and documenting street art. He has a publishing and graphic design background and loves movies and music, but then, who doesn’t?



Total Comments: 10
  1. 0

    Try a suburban train in Japan. Not one person with head up. An experience to say the least.
    iPhones should be considered an addiction as should computers. I should talk!

  2. 0

    Smart phones just like food intake. USE IN MODERATION.

  3. 0

    I don’t use an i phone at all, but would much rather text or email than have a phone conversation.

    Its not very personal, but who wants to be up close and personal with everybody.

    A person doesn’t have to stop what their doing that instant to answer text or email. This allows more thought to be put into the reply. Well, that’s if its thought that is required.

  4. 0

    Going towards zebra crossing this morning…two young ladies engrossed on their smart phones …we stopped to let them go…did not look up from their phones the whole time they crossed. Madness.

  5. 0

    The art of communication and actually sitting at the table conducting a sensible intelligent conversation with someone is gone, due to modern “influences”………………. sorry about that, there was something on TV……………….. sorry I had to send a text to someone about it, now where was I………………. sorry the Iphone rang, I just had to answer it, sorry where was I again………………………..

  6. 0

    As one the hundreds of thousands of engineers and programmers that made all this technology possible I feel very sorry for what I have done and worried about our future antisocial societies.
    The human body can be afflicted by many (uncontrollable) addictions but this phone addiction is worse.
    It make alcohol addictions look like a walk in the park.
    I only use my phone for 2-3 minutes a day (not while driving) and talk to people face to face
    Please forgive me for helping to create a sociopathic society.

  7. 0

    A bit unrelated but tthis Pokemon madness struck me last week. It was just after 7-30am and I was out walkiing and suddenely these two boys clad in pyjamas and bare feet (aged abiut 8 and 6) were dating and zigxagging down the street. It was when I got near and saw that the elder had a phone it clicked that they were in the Pokemon zone.

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    For my take on this issue, which I see as a social pathogen: a few years back I recall attending a soccer game in which our grandkids played. Seated immediately in front of Nanny & Pop were 3 little girls aged about 10 yo. They each possessed a mobile phone which they were busy using to snap selfies – from different angles & poses. These in turn were sent to their little friends, those sitting immediately alongside. Meanwhile, standing to the left of these girls were their mothers, no prizes for guessing what said mothers were engrossed with. I found myself wondering why any one of them (mothers particularly) even bothered attending the game. Am I the odd one out in thinking it seems obvious that they are more engrossed in their social media mindlessness than showing interest in the children’s game ? Maybe I’ve lost the plot, in that I can’t imagine myself being the epicentre of a chaotic disorder of my own making. Then agin, maybe I’ve ‘Googled’ too much into it!



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