College creates "texting" lanes on staircases

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  1. jake206

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    http://www.krem.com/story/tech/2015...alls-texting-lane-for-busy-students/29047577/

    OREM, Utah. -- Walking texters (and innocent victims of walking texters) rejoice! Long gone are the days of crashing into serial texters on the stairs when all you want to do is make it to class on time.

    Utah Valley University, a school of 31,000 students in Orem, Utah, has decided to add a texting lane to one of its staircases in the Student Life and Wellness Center to call attention to some smartphone-obsessed students. The staircase is divided into three lanes separated by neon green tape: one lane is for walking, another for running and the other for texting.

    According to Matt Bambrough, Utah Valley's creative director, the lane was designed by the school's marketing department to appeal to a population of students who are constantly texting. The concept originally started as a laughing matter, but quickly went viral after the realization of how dangerous texting and walking actually is.

    A report issued on Wednesday by the National Safety Council claims that there was an estimated number of 11,101 injuries reported between 2000 and 2011 as a result of "distracted walking." In 2004, 559 pedestrians were treated in emergency rooms for injuries sustained while distracted walking. Since then, the number of injuries has increased each year.

    "When you have 18- to 24-year-olds walking on campus glued to their smartphones, you're almost bound to run into someone somewhere; it's the nature of the world we live in," Bambrough said in a news release. "But that isn't the reason we did it — we used that fact to engage our students, to catch their attention and to let them know we are aware of who they are and where they're coming from. The design was meant for people to laugh at rather than a real attempt to direct traffic flow."

    The idea was developed after school officials surveyed students, asking which areas of the campus were the "gloomiest" and the staircases happened to be brought up several times.

    "The stairs were just lifeless before," UVU's director of campus recreation Amy Grubbs told ABC News. "Students don't necessarily abide by it but it's funny to watch students push their friends over in the right lane as a joke if they're texting. Other people don't even see it because they're so consumed in their phones."

    UVU may be the only American university currently taking advantage of the irony behind the concept of a separate lane for texters, but the school was not the first to implement the policy.

    In 2014, Chongqing, China installed smartphone lanes to separate smartphone users from other pedestrians and that idea was taken from a 2014 experiment conducted by National Geographic Television studying the behaviors of cell phone users.

    Bambrough claims the installation has been receiving a load of positive feedback.

    "The concept was developed to add more functionality to the building," he said. "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."



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    Is that staircase one-way or what?
     
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    Justice
     
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    maybe we should consider texting sirens at street corners. you know, because they're too busy to look up for a red or green light we could just blast a horn once for walk and twice for stop? and when there is a power outage we can just stand around and watch the fun at the intersections!!
     
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    I'll tell you what would stop this bullshit real fast. Anytime you see someone walking and texting, elbow smash them in the mouth as hard as fucking possible.
     
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    What the fuck is wrong with people? Watch where you're walking!!
     
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    You don't know?

    People are retards, but its places like this that actually let people be the retards they want to be when they are at home dreaming of shitty colleges to attend.

    People suck. Colleges suck. Colleges with people in the text lanes REALLY suck.
     
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    In all fairness, a broad like your avatar would distract me more than any text message and would cause me to walk into a pole, wall, door, person. You're absolutely right though.
     
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    Just one more example of America catering to the stupid douchebags in our society. REALLY??? We need to have texting lanes now because fucking idiot millennials can't GET THEIR FUCKING FACES OUT OF THEIR DAMN PHONES TO CLIMB STAIRS??????
     
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    how about not let kids bring phones to school?


    (is this thread a joke?)
     
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    I was behind a woman driving really slow on Friday. When I could pass her, I notced she was texting and not paying attention. An accident waiting to happen.
     
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    Anything for them to avoid having to look someone in the eye. They wither when you look at them directly. Little pussies.
     
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