China is warning that the ‘Zombie’ generation and its Smartphone culture takes its toll on the social media in-crowd as the market continues to expand.

In the 1960’s cult classic Night of the Living Dead, a zombie army staggers around in the darkness like mummified corpses.

Fast forward more than 50 years, and a similar sight can be seen in broad daylight every day of the week as the iGeneration stalk the planet.

From the metro system in Beijing to the Bakerloo line in London, you will see gangs of social media addicts glued to their smartphones. Constantly searching for their next fix, these trivia junkies appear oblivious to the world around them.

But in China, the joy of having a connected high can quickly be replaced by ‘cold turkey’ guilt, as a total of 84.9% of people in a survey said their obsession with smartphones had made them spend less time communicating with their families.

And about 79% said they felt guilty for doing so,” a poll released by the influential state-run China Youth Daily confirmed.

The rise of smartphone culture in the world’s second-largest economy has been phenomenal in the past decade with China now the largest market on the planet.

Data from Statista underlined the scale and scope of the online craze. More than 25% of worldwide smartphone sales are generated in the country.

Around 713 million people in China used a smartphone in 2018,” the data website stated and the figure is still rising.

Asia Times / ABC Flash Point News 2020.

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