iPod oblivion
n. Obliviousness to one's surroundings caused by listening to an iPod or similar device.
AA patrols claim MP3s, mobile phones and other high-tech devices are becoming a deadly distraction. AA president Edmund King, said: "We can't stop the march of technology, but we need to halt the iPod pedestrian, cycle and driver zombies. Whether on two feet, two wheels or four, too many people are suffering from so-called iPod oblivion."
Tonight's episode takes us upmarket, to Bel Air, opening with a terrifying domestic scene in which a father witnesses a masked intruder advancing on his daughter, who is in iPod oblivion.
—David Stubbs, “Tonight's TV highlights,” The Guardian, August 05, 2010
2005 (earliest)
Let's talk about another kind of oblivion, iPod oblivion. Police in Boston warning commuters with iPods to watch out. Thieves are targeting users who look lost in the users [sic], oblivious to what's happening around them.
—Carol Costello, “American Morning,” CNN, December 27, 2005
Similar phrases of recent vintage are: technological autism and cellphone zombieism.
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