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Texting demands a lane of its own

Texting demands a lane of its own

It seems to me that no one looks up from their phones today, as they commute from the train station or bus stop lost in their own world.

Whether you’re replying to a Facebook message, checking an email or responding to an overdue text, there’s no mistaking that it takes your full attention and, let’s be honest, it’s hard to walk, lookup and text at the same time.

Some would say it’s impossible to do without bumping into a fellow commuter.

It’s not an unusual to find yourself  attempting to piece back together a cracked phone screen and your pride, after an awkward run in with a passerby.

To save the inevitable from happening, and phone junkies from becoming red faced, ‘textaholics’ have been designated their own “text walking lane” in Antwerp, Belgium.

But it’s not just the Europeans who have made the move to dedicate part of the sidewalk to ‘texters’.  Chongqing in China and Washington DC in US have also jumped on the bandwagon.

But it’s not just on the footpath that texting proves troublesome. In fact, in The States, texting has become such a public nuisance that the police had to implement a No Texting While Driving campaign in 2013.

The hope is that the texting lanes will ensure no awkward moments bumping into strangers and perhaps even save the unwanted cracked screen of your phone and your money.

What do you think? Has technology gone too far and should we be limiting our time spent on our beloved devices? Will Australia be next to implement the “text walking lanes”?

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