Zod, of course it's new and becoming far worse each day.Now it's the pedestrians, skateboarders etc.. who are oblivious and hypnotized by their devices and leading to more accidents. My family had a converstion about this exact subject at dinner the other evening, about how kids/teens are so oblivious, riding bikes, skateboarding or pedestrians just not paying attention, while texting or listening to their iPod.
Young people these days are far too absorbed by their devices, texting, iPod music etc,.. There was a story in Montreal this week about a stupid teenager who abandoned her 5 year old brother at a busy intersection and crossed the street without him because she was too fixated on her iPod/iPhone. A journalist witnessed it, rescued the kid as he tried to cross alone, then wrote the story to expose just how idiotic kids & teens are behaving with their devices these days. The teen didn't even care after the fact, she was fixated on her device.
I see this kind of behavior everywhere so it's not a case of one stupid teenager.