Listen to songs, cut vegetables and play games. Do you really think foreigners read books on the subway?

 Listen to songs, cut vegetables and play games. Do you really think foreigners read books on the subway?

It is often said on the Internet that foreigners take out a book to read when they take the subway, while Chinese people keep brushing their mobile phones.

Such assertions of foreign genuine fragrance are often active in major social platforms, murder our traffic. But is that really the case?

London: What you do depends on whether there is a signal or not.

The London Metro opened on January 10, 1863, and has built a total length of more than 400 kilometers of subway network. There are 11 lines and more than 270 stations, carrying more than 3 million passengers per day.

More than 50% of the London Underground runs on the ground, but most of the ground runs outside London. In underground urban lines, some stations have wireless network signals, but all tunnels have no network coverage.

As a result, passengers can hardly use their mobile phones to access the Internet while traveling on the subway in central London.

According to the reporters observation, the London subway carriage as a whole is quieter, the proportion of people reading newspapers is higher, but there are also many passengers will be buried in watching mobile phones, playing games or watching offline videos. On the ground lines that can be connected to the Internet, the proportion of mobile phone passengers is larger.

Gina Collins lives in the East End of London and works in the West End. Every day she spends about an hour and a half commuting in the subway.

I have books in my backpack and mobile phones that download good games. Reading or playing with mobile phones in the subway depends on the mood of the day and the condition of the car. After all, I couldnt read in the crowded and stuffy summer compartment, she said.

Sky Television UK has done a survey on what you do when you take the subway. The results showed that if there was no internet, the first choice for respondents was to read books or newspapers, the second choice was to play off-line mobile games, and the third choice was to watch other passengers secretly.

If you have a network, the first option is to use Twitter or Facebook on your mobile phone, the second option is to send and receive e-mail, and the third option is to watch videos.

Some respondents said they were comfortable reading novels or taking a nap in the subway during this period, but 44% of respondents thought that it was annoying to ride without a cell phone signal, one fifth thought that this time was wasted, and another quarter of respondents said they considered giving up the subway for cell phone signals and replacing it with other means of transportation.

New York: Metro facilities are dirty and messy

As early as 1904, the New York Metro began to operate. Today, there are 28 lines, some of which operate 24 hours a day throughout the year.

Long history is both proud and cumbersome. The dirty mess of New York Metro hardware ranks first in developed countries. Wireless networks are not to be considered. When the train is running, there is no mobile phone signal or wireless network in the carriage. Contacts or information are needed in emergencies, only for a short period of time when the train arrives.

But thats not to say that New Yorkers dont brush their mobile phones. They just use them to do things that dont use the Internet, such as listening to music. Reporters have seen people with headphones high shaking their heads many times. In addition, there are plenty of people reading newspapers, chatting with friends or doing nothing.

Chandler, a girl who reads books while listening to live broadcasts on the subway, told reporters that she spends an hour on the subway every day commuting to and from work. She usually reads books or listens to news when riding on the bus, because this is a rare reading time in a day.

She thinks that its good to have wireless networks in the subway, and she expects to see social network updates, but it doesnt matter. Reading books and listening to news are also good. Nevertheless, Chandler picked up his cell phone as soon as Line 7 was on the ground.

Another passenger, Martina, likes to be completely empty, whether by bus or by subway. If the subway has Wifi, I may occasionally look at my mobile phone, because the subway is much smoother than the bus, but more often it will still be stunned.

However, she believes that it is better to have wireless networks in the subway, because passengers can check the traffic to make sure they dont take the wrong road and correct it in time if they take the wrong road.

Tokyo: Cultural factors can not be ignored

Japans railway network is all over the country. What they often call tram (similar to light rail road traffic) is not only an important means of transportation in the city, but also a concept of our train.

Trams are mostly on the ground, and cell phone signals are not affected. With the popularity of smartphones, mobile operators in Japan actively promote mobile phone signal coverage in metro, such as Tokyo Metro, which achieved full coverage of mobile phone network signals in 2013.

What do Japanese usually do in trams and metros?

According to rough statistics, about 45% of the people in the carriage are brushing their mobile phones, 10% are reading, and the remaining 45% are resting or chatting in a whisper.

Suzuki, a 56-year-old company employee, told reporters that he spends about four hours a day on the tram. He usually uses his mobile phone to handle company business. He also watches news, brushes webpages, watches videos, and reads when he is tired of watching mobile phones.

The white-haired Ishii smiled and told reporters, Sometimes I listen to music on my Apple phone, sometimes I read books, sometimes I fall asleep.

What the Japanese do in the carriage is not only influenced by their personal interests, but also by the following two Japanese characteristics.

One is the library edition of Japanese books. Japans publishing industry is accustomed to reprinting popular books into a palm-sized, easy-to-popularize text library after they are sold. Library is cheap, small and light, easy to carry, easy to read, and provides convenience for people to read on their way to work and school.

The other is the restrictions on the use of mobile phones in the carriage. Japan pays attention to the non-interference in public space, so the radio in the carriage often prompts us to turn the mobile phone into silent mode, and do not make phone calls in the carriage. At the same time, because previous studies have shown that cell phone signals have an impact on pacemakers, Japanese trams require that when there are too many people in the car, please turn off the cell phone near the priority seat.

Berlin: exotic elements and various kinds

Germans are often seen on the Internet as learning benchmarks. However, in Berlin, there is a big gap between journalistsreal experience and online messages.

In Germany, commuters are definitely not in the minority. In fact, the Berlin Metro is called the City Railway more rigorous, some sections are running underground, some sections are on the ground, mobile phone signals are intermittent in the shuttle. There is no signal, it does not delay people to play smartphones, some offline mobile games are also more popular. After driving on signaled roads, more people bow their heads.

Of course, it is undeniable that there are such people in Germany as reading, reading newspapers, writing or knitting sweaters. These groups are not necessarily older groups, young people also have such a clean flow exists. When some people look forward to the 5G era, they still firmly choose to live in 2G space. This is a post-modern School of life in Germany: cut off interference with the outside world and focus on the elements most needed in peoples lives.

It may be difficult to conclude whether the two categories of people are the old school or the new and new humanity.

However, it may be rougher to distinguish the new and old urban rail groups only by playing mobile phones and reading books and newspapers. Because Berlin is a more inclusive city, compared with Beijings metro, which has a large number of working people, Berlin City Rail can be said to be bizarre.

Some people regard the Metro as a bar. After work, take two bottles of beer and drink alone on the armrest.

Some people are pets. When the door opens, two giant dogs step into the carriage first, and the owner is on the back rope.

Some people are celestial bodies. Every year, the Berlin City Railway Association organizes the activities of traveling without trousers. The men and women who participate in the activities only wear underwear and shuttle with great fanfare and frankness.


Berlin Traffic Company has made a music TV to promote its open service. This film vividly reproduces the picture of taking the Metro from the perspective of the metro ticket inspector:

Black Gothic Wind Youth Sitting with Grandma

Happies take seats in shark hats

Moving Sofas by Railway

Housewives cut onions and scrape cheese

Fans trumpet team songs

Long-haired transsexuals, men sitting on top of each other

At the end of the song, the background sound of Berlin City Rail is used: Please keep a distance when the train arrives. Please get on the train.

In fact, reading books or brushing mobile phones are all personal choices in the final analysis. There is no need to promote to the level of national hope. For a few minutes, think about the crowding, smells and noise in the carriage. Wouldnt it be good to do something to make yourself happy?

Source: Xinhua International Author: Zhang Daili, Xu Xiaolei, Editor-in-Charge: Li Hang_BJS4645