Say goodbye to human contact.
A city in China is giving people a reason to never look away from their cellphone screens again. In Chongqing, you can find a dedicated, 50-metre walkway built for annoying people who can’t be bothered to watch where they’re going. Check it out:
— CCTVNEWS (@cctvnews) September 13, 2014
— Robert Went (@went1955) September 15, 2014
It works by splitting the sidewalk into two lanes: One that prohibits cellphone use and one that allows it. Normal people, of course, take up their spot in the no-cellphone area and move along like competent human beings. The bumbling technophiles, meanwhile, venture into a dedicated lane at their “own risk,” where they presumably crash and stumble through a blind crowd.
The property manager told the Associated Press that the lane is intended to be ironic, and should act as a reminder that it’s dangerous to text while walking. The city got its inspiration from National Geographic Television, which installed a similar lane in Washington, D.C. as part of an experiment earlier this year.
But texting while walking really can be risky. The trend is starting to cause so many injuries, that “distracted walking” is actually a problem now:
You’d really think technology would be making us smarter…