Letter: Don’t be a smartphone zombie

Some people are engrossed with using their smartphones and are too attached to it. They are oblivious to their surroundings. I have seen pedestrians, who are always looking down at their gadget instead of the road ahead.

One might argue that there is a balance between the both, but this is a cause for concern as there is great danger involved in doing so. They need to be alert to sights and sounds. It’s not a public park or sports complex where no cars are allowed in. It is a public road with cars and other vehicles, and even if it’s in a controlled environment, there is usually other foot traffic around. You might bump into someone or something when you lose focus even for a split second.

To make matters worse, some of them have earphones attached and this will greatly impair their hearing to approaching cars, horn blares and even natural sounds. Accidents can be avoided if more attention is paid to one’s surroundings. There is also an ergonomic element involved if one is always looking down to focus on their smartphones.

I humbly urge for these people to look up, focus and be alert. Your actions of being too preoccupied with your smartphones may cause an accident to yourself and others. There is a right time and place where you can give your undivided attention to your gadget and it’s certainly not while you are walking. Reflect on your actions before it is too late.


Yeap Ming Liong

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