Tourist distracted by Facebook falls off pier

2013-12-18 09:26

Sydney -  Police say a tourist in Australia fell off a pier while browsing Facebook on her phone.

Victoria state police say the woman was walking along a bay in Melbourne on Monday when she became distracted by her Facebook feed and plummeted off the pier into the chilly water.

A witness called for help and police rushed to the woman's aid. They found her flailing around in the water, about 20 meters (65 feet) from the pier. She told police she couldn't swim.

The woman was taken to a hospital for treatment. Police say the woman is a foreigner but have given no details.

Police say she managed to hang onto her phone throughout the ordeal.

We like to call this kind of traveller The Hyper-connected.They are up to speed with the latest technological goodies and gadgets, an active user of ALL the social media, responds to your Whatsapp messages before you've even hit send. Yup, that's mr/s hyper-connected for you. While they're a joy to communicate with on a screen, the same can't really be said for them in person.

Why they suck as travel partners: Well, unless you enjoy staring at the crown of someone's head for prolonged periods of time and/or find the soft tick-tick-tick of fingers on a touch screen comforting, mr/s hyper-connected is boring as hell to travel with. They're just so busy telling the world how awesome their holiday is - tagging you in every hot dog leg pic and giving your location away constantly - that they actually miss out on the joy of those little moments in-between that really make a vacation memorable. Forget about deep and meaningful conversations around the campfire and prepare, instead, for the cold, blue light of a smartphone screen keeping you up all night.

The cure: Put. the phone. Down. And switch it off. Or, if you're worried about missing out on important news, at least disconnect from data and wi-fi, so all those damn social media notifications don't slip through. In severe cases, an intervention and forced phone removal may be necessary. Just be prepared for some serious crazy!

Take a look at these other four types of travellers you don't want to be.

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