The spread of mobile revolution in 21st century has affected our lives in more ways than imagined originally. While nobody will argue that the device is convenient and useful, few will dispute that this smart device has overtaken us actually and is dictating our life and life-styles in more ways than ought to. You will find boys and girls, ladies and gentlemen, young and old, engaged to screens of their smart phone and seldom looking around them. They will not talk to their co-passengers and will be talking to or chatting only with those who are not physically around.
In my recent trip to Taiwan, I found this menace little more than I have seen in India. Taiwan in itself is largely prosperous and people usually have high value smart phones with them. The problem however is that everybody is so engaged and so engrossed that they are forgetting the valuable oriental habits of socializing and wishing even strangers. The present generation looks not eyes to eye but to mart phone to smart phone. Interestingly during a metro ride I found two boys forgetting to get off on a station due to mobile fever. During my most of evening trips I found almost 90% of commuters hooked to their mobiles. It was really sad to see all that.
Likewise during a trip to National Palace Museum on a busy traffic light junction I saw a girl on a scooter stopping her scooter due to red light. As soon as she stopped she picked out her smart phone and started checking the messages and calls etc. It was really amusing to see her.
This obsession for mobile is not with elders and they usually are less bogged down to their screens. You can try talking to them or ask for directions. They will be too eager to help you out. The boys and girls also help you for directions etc. but only when you approach them and seek their help. They will then pull out their earphones and will surely come out to help you. The elders on the other hand will not wait for you to come out of your hesitation to seek help and will volunteer themselves to help you found the direction etc.
Finally, with everybody engrossed in their mobile world, I had eye contacts with two beautiful kids during a metro ride. Unspoiled by smart phones, two little cute charmed me with their innocent smiles and before I left, obliged me with a picture.