On the train to north station in Boston from South Acton, I have a point of watching people. Virtually every person looked like that illustrated in the cartoon. No intimacy there, except with their phone and the poor dogs are ignored, as is often the case.
The phenomenon illustrated above is an example of inattentional blindness. The people are called "smombies" in the popular parlance. Smombie = Smatrphone zombie.
This animated short is quite to the point although it contains scenes some may find offensive.
Looks like the wave of the future to me. Now all they need to do is teach dogs to drive and we are all set. My workplace is full of people like this daily and it is against the corporate policies. Think a minute and you see that many people also have a "support animal" that they take in stores and even on airplanes. WTF is this all about?
I certainly don't think it's funny.
There are still visually-impaired people who can't get guide dogs because
of access or expense.
Let the ones with their noses in their phones walk into and off of whatever.
I don't care about them. They're part of the herd that needs culling.