Smartphones have transformed society. Paradoxically, this powerful social tool also isolates us. People report staggeringly high rates of device addiction. Phone distraction is leading to a spike in traffic fatalities and crimes committed against gamers.
Some urban areas are capitulating with infrastucture to coddle the phone obsessed. Meanwhile, mental health professionals lobby to include mobile phone and technology addiction in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders.
There is no doubt about it—we are in the midst of a smartphone zombie plague.