Everywhere you turn, people are using their smart phones or electronic devices. Oftentimes, pedestrians on their cell phones are looking down and are not paying attention to the what’s in front of them. In fact, these people are now called “smartphone zombies.” A smartphone zombie is described as someone “who walks slowly and without attention to their surroundings because they are focused on their smartphone.”
Even though that’s a humorous name for people we all know (and might be ourselves) who use their cellphones while walking, there can be serious consequences for distracted walkers. For example, when the Pokemon craze hit this last summer there were reports of distracted gamers walking into ponds, running into other pedestrians, and even falling off of cliffs! Now imagine those people behind the wheel of a car or truck!