Hello there!! Welcome to another post on this city called Hong Kong. It is a city of life!! And there is no doubt about it. It has a fascinating culture of 24/7 lives and this city truly never sleeps. It has busy streets, busy walkways, busy markets, and busy public transport, busy lives, busy trends and in crux busy days and busy nights. And with all the busy-ness around, people are busier with their technologies especially their phones and notepads. On the commute, in a coffee shop, in a restaurant with friends around, everybody is busy in their separate worlds of their smartphones. This is a city where you never have a ‘no signal’ on your mobile phone. You can talk in the tunnels, in the MTR, in the car parks and the signals would be really strong (majorly 🙂 ).
– Bored in the MTR??- Start watching a movie with your ear-plugs on (some don’t even bother to wear ear plugs, imagine the dismay of co-commuters)
– Not feeling like talking to your boyfriend over your coffee date??- Start messaging (what’sapping) your other friends as the boyfriend seems to be doing that himself
– Love the look of your food on the restaurant table- So, click its picture even before tasting and instagram it
– Don’t feel like reading the text-book for home work??- Just Google it over the phone
– In a busy family dinner, where you didn’t feel like coming anyway and your mum dragged you in??- Just start playing a game on your phone, and look your old uncle is also doing the same.
See, all answers lie in your smartphone—it’s all there.
I am sure loads of people (around the world) also do the same, but you have to realize that I am writing a whole post on this topic because it actually is an addiction here and the stats would confirm this. This city ranks seventh in smartphone penetration in the world (according to Google’s Our mobile planet data and analysis) and 96% of the smartphone users go online everyday (which is the highest in the world) (according to scmp.com). People just love to be on their phones, their notebooks, and not only for talking (as the stats above claim). The obsession with phones is so common that it won’t be an exception when two people actually bump into each other while walking coz both were looking in their phones rather than looking around and seeing the walkways. The MTR stations have these announcements all the time “please look in front and not only on your mobile phone’!! Really, it is one of the characteristics of this city where your mobile phone is your lifeline and with a population of around 7 million, the number of mobile subscribers is around 17 million (as per www.ofca.gov.hk).
My journey here has been pretty exciting so far. Looking forward to some more experiences :). So, that’s it from me tonight!! Until I share some more insights on Hong Kong, its bye bye from the HK Diaries 🙂