Everyone knows that texting while driving is scary and dangerous. But, what about texting while walking?
Last week, an art exhibition called "Relationships" was installed around the Salisbury Cathedral in England. The exhibition featured several statues that were placed throughout the grounds. One, which was called "The Kiss," was designed by architect Sophie Ryder. This sculpture featured two embracing hands that straddled one of the walking paths.
The Kiss was meant to be viewed by passing pedestrians. But, Ryder failed to realize one critical thing: Viewing the statue would require pedestrians to first look up from their cellphones.
It seems silly, but numerous pedestrians hit their heads on the sculpture because they were distracted by texting. And, eventually, the staff determined that the sculpture presented a safety risk.
To solve the problem, the Salisbury Cathedral had to bring in a crane to move the 20-foot, one ton frame onto the adjacent lawn. When the sculpture was being moved, Ryder captured a video that she shared on her Facebook page. Her fans instantly began to poke fun at the texters.
"Oh good grief," one commenter said, "They should be looking at the beautiful art instead of texting - so they deserve what they get for not watching where they are going."
Others said, "That bump on the head was a WAKE UP call," and, "I'd say all the MORE reason to LEAVE IT RIGHT THERE. Idiots."
So, it seems like the jury is in. Distracted texters have been found guilty of missing out on the beautiful world around them.
What do you think? Should the statue have been moved, or should they have left it where it was? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.