Mobile Phone Walking Lane For ‘Zombie Pedestrians’
Mobile phone addiction has apparently become a major problem in the entire world, but things seem to be getting out of hand in Chongqing, China, where people literally can’t take their eyes off their screens.
The people who are addicted to their phones are often referred to as zombies because they stumble down the street in a mindless way, oblivious to the world around them.
The problem with these zombie mobile phone addicts was so massive in China that the authorities in Chongqing had to create a special walking lane for ‘zombie pedestrians’ hooked to their beloved devices.
Over 100 feet of pavement has been painted in order to direct the zombies – pavement along Foreigner Street has the word ‘cellphones’ painted on the ground along with arrows that mark out a separate walking lane.
The people who are in a hurry can walk down the next lane, where no cellphones are allowed.
In 2012, Philadelphia Mayor’s Office created a similar lane as part of an April Fool’s Day prank.
“Stand on any sidewalk in Philadelphia you will see fellow citizens with busy lives who can’t take the time to look up from their iPhones, BlackBerries and other electronic devices. The E-Lane is a safe and convenient option for those distracted walkers and should make sidewalks safer for the rest of us. More Philadelphians than ever before rely on mobile technology to do business and stay in touch with family and friends. We need to accommodate them.”
However, the lanes in China are not part of a prank; they are a (scary?) prediction about what the world might look like in the near future.