You don't need me to tell you how dangerous driving and texting is. (But here's a reminder just in case.) But did you know that walking and texting can be just as dangerous? Just ask the woman who fell into a canal, or the woman who walked directly into a lake and had to be rescued by two teens.
Just a few months ago, National Geographic conducted a little experiment for a TV series in which it put up signs on the sidewalk, creating fast and slow lanes - aka the cellphone lane and the no-cellphone lane. Now, for students of Utah Valley University, it's no longer an experiment - it's reality.
Word on campus is that students who roam the halls are constantly buried in their phones. A number of student newspaper editors told Fusion.net that they have witnessed many collisions in the hallways involving students who were busy texting.
That's when the school's creative director, Matt Banbrough, decided to put up "texting lanes" on one of the busier staircases on campus.
However, Banbrough admits the stairs aren't working exactly as planned. He said in a press release:
"The design was meant for people to laugh at rather than a real attempt to direct traffic flow.” ... “The concept was developed to add more functionality to the building. This graphic is obviously more aesthetic than functional, and though we’ve noticed that most texters aren’t actually following the posted lanes, they are enjoying walking to their workout space,” he said.
That didn't stop the photo from going viral, though. I can't help but wonder if we will see more texting lanes in the future. What do you think? Let's talk about it and post in the comments below.