Monday 20 February 2017

University creates 'texting lane'

Published 18/06/2015 | 20:21

A Utah Valley University student walks up the bright green lanes painted on the stairs at Utah Valley University (AP)
A Utah Valley University student walks up the bright green lanes painted on the stairs at Utah Valley University (AP)

One US university is giving students glued to their mobile phones a place to call their own - a designated lane for texting while walking.

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Utah Valley University spokeswoman Melinda Colton said that the bright green lane painted on the stairs to the gym was intended as a light-hearted way to brighten up the space and get students' attention.

And it worked, as a picture posted online created widespread buzz on social media this week.

Student Chelsea Meza, 22, said the idea touches on a cultural reality in an age of ubiquitous mobile phones. She said some texting students have used it.

Property managers in the Chinese city of Chongqing did something similar last year with a designated pavement lane for smartphone users.

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