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A Smartphone Lane on a Busy Street in China

Back in mid-July, a two-way walking lane appeared in Washington, D.C. One side was a dedicated path for smartphone users and the other for people not hunched over their devices. It wasn't put there by the city, rather it was part of a National Geographic behavioral science show "Mind Over Masses." However, now it would seem one city in China doesn't think it's such a bad idea. Engadget reports that Chongqing has co-opted NatGeo's safety experiment for one part of the city known as "Foreigner Street." The act of smartphone-obsessed pedestrianism (which I learned just now) is known as "phubbing," a portmanteau of the phrase "phone snubbing." Although a dedicated walking path seems like a needless idea, smartphone-related pedestrian injuries are a real problem. A report last March from the University of Buffalo stated that there are more distracted walking injuries per mile than injuries from distracted driving, including everything from falling down stairs to stepping into oncoming traffic. via Gizmodo.

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