South Korea’s Capital, Seoul, is installing 300 new street signs to warn pedestrians about the dangers of walking while engrossed in their smartphones – but not everyone’s convinced they’ll be noticed.
South Korea, according to a Pew Research Center report, is the country in which most adults own smartphones, an estimated 88% of South Korean adults use smartphones.
‘‘The smartphone digital divide is clear, with a difference of 84 percentage points between the country with the most smartphone owners, South Korea, and the country with the least – Ethiopia at 4%,’‘ the report said.
The Seoul government unveiled two traffic signs as a part of a pilot program as part of efforts aimed at taking preventive measures to warn the city’s citizens to be more aware of their surroundings when using their smartphones.
Sign One: “Warning: Using Smartphone while Walking,” is for warning pedestrians about the dangers of getting hit by a car while using a smartphone while crossing the street.
Sign Two: “Walk Safely,” is designed to discourage users from getting lost in their phones while walking on the sidewalk. The new traffic signs will be installed in five districts (Hongdae, City Hall, Yonsei University, Gangnam Station and Jamsil Station)
The targeted areas according to the government have seen high reports of smartphone-related accidents from citizens in their 10s to 30s.
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Seoul is not the first city to issue smartphone-specific solutions to accidents related to over indulgence with gadgets.
A few years ago, a Chinese theme park in Chongqing, implemented a walking lane designed just for people using their smartphones. A similar texting lane was installed in Washington D.C. as part of the “Mind Over Masses” science series campaign for National Geographic.