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People use smartphones inside a building at Shimbashi Station in Tokyo on Wednesday.

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Would it make any difference if they were holding printed books or newspapers?

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"They wouldn't have been chatting together either then or now."

Agreed. I came here long before the sumaho-jidai and strangers were no more likely then to make eye contact with one another, let alone strike up a conversation about the weather.

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Speed is correct. Only the medium of distraction has changed.

Back before cell phones were available, gentlemen of this age would be reading newspapers, younger people would be reading comic books or staring into space with blank expressions on their faces; high school girls and housewives would be the only ones talking & screaming in high-pitched squeals.

The only difference? Now we can't be sure if people are keeping up with Abe's attempts at paying a ransom or playing Angry Jewel Mania.

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Sometimes I think people love their smartphones more than human interaction. The smartphone zombies are also a menace

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The renown Face-to-Face live chats are steadily drifting off.... how picturesquely sad !

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Ah, the effortless, boundless spontaneous joie de vivre of life in Tokyo.

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i want a break from my cellphone.. maybe permanently

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Looks about 8000 times better than the scenery found in NYC's subways.

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Must be a wi-fi hotspot for seniors!

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Whos are the homophobes that gave the neg thumbs ?

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In the days of old it would've been four oyajis reading newspapers.

They wouldn't have been chatting together either then or now.

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Awaiting their Grindr dates ?

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quite an oxymoron eh smartphone

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Solitary life

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Looks like they are using simple mobile phone with basic functions.

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