This woman's epic meltdown shows how attached we are to our phones

Technically Incorrect: A Hong Kong woman simply cannot cope with the fact that her phone has died. So she screams and wails on the subway.

Chris Matyszczyk
2 min read

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.

She cannot cope. She simply cannot cope without her phone. Akira Chan/Facebook screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

There is nothing funny about this video.

You might be tempted to think it's hilarious. We're all tempted to think we're holier than other people at times.

But here is a woman who cannot cope with the fact that her phone has died.

She cannot cope to a degree that she screams in frustration. A lot.

It was uploaded to Facebook by Akira Chan, who shared it publicly on Tuesday. It has already been viewed on Facebook more than 1 million times.

And I defy anyone whose phone has suddenly died to claim that they haven't felt like this woman, if not expressed themselves exactly as she did.

The video was shot on the Hong Kong subway, the MTR. My contacts in Hong Kong tell me that she simply wails over and over again that her phone has died.

Earlier this week, a Gallup poll suggested that we're in denial about how obsessed we are with our phones. Some 61 percent of people in this survey said they believed they check their phones less often that others do.

Which suggests a stretching of mathematical credulity.

The poll also showed that 41 percent of people admitted to checking their phones several times an hour. As phones have become bigger, faster and more powerful, we have sunk our lives and our very selves into them.

Laugh all you care to at this woman's plight. But try to admit that -- to a considerable extent -- she is you.

She is all of us.


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Posted by Akira Chan on Tuesday, July 7, 2015