Just about everyone is peering at their mobile phone as they walk down the street, ride on the bus, or zoom through the streets on their scooters. And just about everyone is using both thumbs to send text messages...
Note: a cropped version of this photo was published in a May 26, 2010 blog titled "Are Location-Based Services All Hype?" The photo was also published in a Sep 16, 2010 blog titled "Motorola snags Aloqa to put location-aware mobile content in plain sight." And a cropped version of the photo was published in a Dec 20, 2010 blog titled "10 Predictions for the News Media in 2011." The same blog was republished in a Jan 18, 2011 issue. The photo was also published in a Dec 1, 2011 blog titled "What Is Carrier-IQ?"
Moving into 2012, the photo was published in a Jan 16, 2012 blog titled "A Unique Approach to March-dot-com Instant Messaging." And a cropped version of the photos was also published in a May 24, 2012 blog titled "Should a person who sends a text to a distracted driver be responsible for the ensuing wreck?" It was also published in a Jun 13, 2012 blog titled "June 13 News." And it was published in a Jul 30, 2012 blog titled "Walking, Talking, + Texting Dangers are Getting Worse." It was also published in an Oct 28, 2012 Swedish blog titled "Kvinnor använder smajlis dubbelt så ofta som män." And it was published in a Dec 20, 2012 blog titled "Do You Have This Dangerous Habit?"
Note: on Dec 21, 2012 I replaced the original version of this photo -- most likely taken as a JPEG image, before I had discovered the benefits of using RAW -- with an edited version. I cropped out a distracting metal pole, adjusted some "hot spots," brightened the image and decreased the extent of shadows in the girl's coat, and increased the vibrancy and color saturation.
Moving into 2013, the photo was published in an undated (mid-May 2013) blog titled "Flexing Your Flexors: Part 2," as well as an Aug 6, 2013 blog titled ""DISTRACTED WALKING" IS BECOMING A BIG PROBLEM."
Moving into 2014, the photo was published in a Mar 10, 2014 blog titled "Using Instant Messengers in Different Places."
These photos were taken during a week in Rome, at the beginning of December 2008. I was participating in a computer conference, but had some free time at the beginning and end of the trip; unfortunately, the weather was not very cooperative, and my photography efforts were sometimes interrupted by rain...