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I thought this in a way was kind of sad, how many of you think it is?

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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.


So true, so sad, scary, and true.

Let's just hope it never comes to pass.


I think it is ironic in its accuracy lol


There was a funny post circulating a ways back that said “iPhones are making everyone unsocial.” And the picture was from a commuter train in the 50s and everyone had their faces buried in a newspaper.

Prescott Level 5 May 20, 2018

It's a commentary on the present, which makes it even sadder. They all should have ear buds in to make it more authentic though.



Holysocks Level 7 May 20, 2018

Well done!

Sadly that is horribly accurate.


I wish people would rely less on the technology of smart phones and more on the intimacy of human relationships. Then, perhaps, they'd be less likely to walk out into traffic or into a pole because they're glued to their cellphones.

Erm interacting with most people makes me want to walk out into traffic.


Guide dogs are expensive to train and serve a far more deserving purpose. The cartoon, though, makes an incisive metaphorical point.

zeuser Level 8 May 20, 2018

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.

pixiedust Level 8 May 20, 2018



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?

DenoPenno Level 8 May 20, 2018

Support service animals serve many functions and receive training specific for the type of job they have.

One of my colleagues has a support dog. My colleague suffers from an inoperable brain condition that causes grand mal seizures. The dog's function is to protect him during a seizure while drawing attention to what is happening so medical help can be called.

Comfort dogs for people with PTSD are trained to remain calm in the face of stressors and help mitigate the effects of flashbacks on their owners. Some people with PTSD would be unable to leave their homes without the support animal.

@pixiedust If you say so. Some of this I was aware of but it seems to have gone to extremes.

@DenoPenno I question some of it, too. I know a workplace that has a support fish for one of the employees. Legal, Health & Safety, Buildings and the Union were involved while the matter was settled. I do feel sorry for anyone whose mental health is that precarious.


the cartoon makes a poignant point. people are walking into polls and into traffic because they are looking at their phone and not where they are going. seeing eye dogs while not the solution are a solution to that stupid situation.

rosscann Level 5 May 20, 2018

Hilarious and apt.


close to the bone


Not funny to me. I work with blind and VI people and this kind of joke makes fun of their real need


Beyond sad.

nvrnuff Level 8 May 20, 2018

It is true enough.

marmot84 Level 7 May 20, 2018

... and disappointing. As an introvert, even I hate seeing everyone alone in a crowd.

Kafirah Level 8 May 20, 2018

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.

KKGator Level 9 May 20, 2018
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