Walking with your head down looking at a glowing screen has become a symbol of our times. Everyone has a smartphone, and for some reason we feel the need to constantly check them. Every moment of free time is filled with screen time. All of this walking around with eyes down can cause accidents. One city in China is doing their part to try and solve the problem.
You’ve heard of bike lanes, but what about phone lanes? Chongqing City in China has created a special sidewalk lane for phone zombies. One side of the sidewalk is clearly marked “Mobile Phone Sidewalk,” and the other side is for normal pedestrians. Now all of the accidents can happen in one lane.
This idea was actually tested here in the U.S. earlier this summer. Back in July a group from National Geographic painted similar lanes on sidewalks in Washington D.C. However, a funny thing happened. People who were consumed by their phone didn’t notice the lane markings. I guess it’s hard to tell a zombie where to walk.
What do you think about this idea? Is it silly or a good idea?