addicted-sidewalk Zuma Press

We’ve talked before about how nearly all of us are addicted to our smartphones these days, taking them practically everywhere we go including the bathroom, dates, dinner, church and some even use their smartphone during sex.

As the world continues its addiction, we will see the government and businesses further adapting by making changes that are designed to take our mobile-addicted lifestyles into consideration. This includes changes in the law related to driving, changes in what kind of devices you can and can’t use in certain public places and, in the case of the Chinese city of Chongqing, changes to our sidewalk lanes.

That’s right, the city has now divided its sidewalks into two different lanes: one for those that are walking about likely in a hurry, and the left lane is reserved for those of us barely watching where we are going as we stare down at our mobile devices. While it might seem a bit silly to create a lane specifically for those on their phones, it actually makes sense. At least you’ll know that people in these lanes aren’t watching where they are going so you can look out for them, and if you are in a hurry you don’t have to worry about bumping into them either.

Are you a walk-and-text (or walk and browse, for that matter) type of user? If so, what do you think of this idea — would you like to see such lanes in a city near you? Conversely, do you feel such an extreme measure is largely unnecessary?