No, this is not an Onion article. This is real life, and I am ashamed in all of you for contributing to this ridiculous storyline. But it’s so ridiculous that it’s laughable and therefore, it’s right up my alley of musings. Basically, Utah Valley University (Utah’s largest public university) has decided that its texting students are too slow to be in the general walking traffic and therefore must be herded like cattle into their own special texting lanes. Once again, I repeat, this is real life.
Now let me explain: the school’s creative director Matt Bambrough has stressed that this is an art project and not a school policy, but it’s certainly a reflection of our current social demise. Nor can I say that I would be all that surprised if this sort of thing did become some sort of enacted school legislation. Or should I say, I would be almost pleased if this sort of thing were to be put into place. Why? Because there’s nothing more infuriating than being caught behind a texting walker. You would know what I mean if you ever took any form of public transit, especially the subway/metro. There you are, already running late for work and you can hear your subway pulling up as you try to speed walk to meet it. But there’s a teenager on their smartphone probably sending some emoticon-filled pointless text to their friend, and so you miss your subway because you got caught behind them in a failed dance-around-the-zombie-teenager maneuver. It happens to the best of us, and I consider myself pretty good with the maneuvering.
So while I can’t say I would be pleased if this sort of thing before more real, I wouldn’t hate it. I know it’s probably too idealistic to hope for the return of the days when people didn’t have their heads buried in their phones, and I’m glad some art class in Utah seems to agree.
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