Texting Walking Lanes Arrive in Antwerp

June 17, 2015

texting walking lanePicture the scene, you are walking along the street and people are bumping into you (unless you sidestep them) because they are so busy texting on their mobile phones.

We all know that there is the capacity for the mobile phone to become permanently attached to our hands and this is almost epidemic proportions.  I have to own up and say I do rely on my mobile and have it with me constantly at home, however, I think this news story from the BBC takes texting to a new level.

Apparently, in Antwerp, Belgium, special ‘texting lanes’ have been introduced for people who can’t stop texting even while walking.  The idea is to avoid collisions with other pedestrians and is being trialled at the moment, although I still don’t see how texters won’t just bump into each other – just in their own lane.

Did you know that there are more mobile phones in the world than people? “Figures released by mobile operators and associated companies show that there are about 7.5 billion mobiles in the world, compared to a world population estimated to be 7.2 billion by the US Census Bureau.”

Read more about this story in this BBC World News article

Apparently a texting lane has been introduced in China and Washington had painted one as an experiment which resulted in people just ignoring it.

It isn’t April so it isn’t an April Fool’s Joke (unless it is a few months late!)

So what do you think – good idea or are we just taking one more step towards total technology world domination?


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  • Reply Jerusha ( June 25, 2015 at 23:07

    This is so crazy, it’s hard to believe it’s real… Though, I’m totally guilty of texting and walking so… Maybe I need this… – Jerusha,

    • Reply sue June 26, 2015 at 09:04

      I thought it was crazy and then I saw that a university was trying the same thing! I think we are all a little too obsessed with our mobile phones – including me!

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