1. Koreans can pay by card pretty much everywhere, even in the dodgiest little market stalls in the dodgiest street corners. Plus, their sat navs are pretty awesome. 2. Koreans like to take selfies. A lot of them. Especially from public touchscreen displays to show they’ve stood next to cardboard cut-outs of K-Pop bands and in the middle of a high-street shopping area. 3. Koreans like their interfaces fairly complex. The last one is a karaoke machine controller.
4. Public touchscreen display ecommerce and NFC are pretty ubiquitous. 5. Koreans just generally use their smartphones everywhere for anything without coming off as standoffish or rude or distracted. It’s as if I’d entered a world where there’s no distinction between the physical self and the digital self; where technology is so well-developed and ubiquitous that you live and consume and share and communicate in a hybrid world of what’s physically tangible and what’s digitally transmitted.