The next time you visit Xi’an you may notice narrow colored lanes on the sidewalk which have been designated for use by China’s many cell phone addicts. By using these lanes, those who walk with their eyes glued to their smartphones will theoretically only be a danger to themselves and others of their kind.
However, we are less than optimistic that theory will match reality in this case. Here’s one photo showing pedestrians using the pathway:
As you can see two cell phone users are using the lane properly while two others are not. The man with his head bent downwards, fixated on his screen, has the look of a typical member of the “dītóuzú” (低头族), a designation which literally translates to “lowered-head clan,” referring to those mobile phone addicts who seem to take little notice of the world around them.
We first saw these specialized walking lanes installed on the sidewalk in Chongqing back in 2014 in an effort to prevent smartphone-related accidents. Since then, the mega-city has had no problems with cell phone addicts mindlessly bumping into their fellow pedestrians and generally making a mess of other people’s commute.
Yeah, not really. These lanes are perhaps the only thing more ignored in China than zebra crossings.
[Images via ChinaNews]