Thursday, February 25, 2016

Death by Smartphone

Australian blogger Justine found that standing too near wildlife can create a rather unexpected selfie. Photo - BBC
If you know me, you know I am down on Smartphones. Well, not actually.  I’m down of Smartphone zombies who have lost the ability to remember anything, because they rely so heavily on their Smartphones to do it for them.  I’m down on people who shove their Smartphone camera in people’s faces without asking if it’s OK.  I’m down on people who imagine that they cannot do basic life functions like going to the grocery store without a Smartphone.  People who imagine that they (and I) must be available 24-7 or their lives will all but end.

This, despite the fact that experience has shown me that people are not much more “reachable” than they were before the Smartphone.  There are transmission issues – “dead spots,” crap signals and phones simply being turned off.  (Intentionally or not.)  While many Smartphone users will happily talk to you when they are doing something that should preclude jabbering on the phone – like driving, they will frequently blow you off by saying things like, “Oh!  You called me?  It didn’t show up on my phone.  

And yes, though you can reach a person in more places, many times the world would be a better place if you couldn’t.  Think movie theaters, restaurants, while they’re walking the dog.

One dead peacock, coming up.
Now I have a new reason to hate Smartphone users.  They kill animals.  (Or are killed by animals, which doesn’t seem so bad to me.)

Here are three examples, a peacock, a baby dolphin and a shark.  People snatch the animals up for a selfie with them.  

peacock died from fright/stress after being picked up and passed around by clueless Chinese tourists.
Argentinean beachgoers holding the baby Franciscana dolphin which eventually died of dehydration

baby dolphin died, also from stress and probably dehydration while idiots passed it around for selfies.

Ditto a shark, which was dragged bodily from its natural element to have some bonehead pose with it.  It is not known if the shark actually died, but I’ll bet it didn’t improve his day, even if he survived.

So far, in 2015, the number of death caused by risky selfies have crossed the number of death by shark attacks. The photo shows a woman taking a selfie in front of the lions open-air cage at the Tbilisi zoo on September 13, 2015. Photo: AFP

As for animals like tigers, moose and bear that kill people for lolling all over them with intent to “selfie” – that’s just evolution at work.

It's bigger than you, better armed than you, and probably smarter than you.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

We're never too old to learn new ways of being stupid.