Mirror- If it would take a surgical procedure to remove you from your mobile phone, there's only one thing for it - move to Belgium.
The forward-thinking European country has launched the perfect thing for phone fans, and it's already proving a big hit with those glued to messaging - text walking lanes.
In theory? This is a fantastic idea. Limiting the contact with those on their cell phones to only people that are also on their cell phones is a win-win for everybody. People that are completely aware of their surroundings not having to worry about people that are completely unaware of their surroundings is a welcomed change. Actually, catching a couple head-on collisions would probably be the most entertaining part of day-to-day life. In practice? Belgium just made their roads smaller by one lane.
Let me clear this up...
People that text while walking- Everyone.
People that want to be known as the type of person that texts while walking- No one.
It would be like if they made a walking lane for people that eat McDonald's regularly. Sure, no one minds throwing back a large fry while they walk through the street, buy they don't want to be judged as the kind of disgusting human being that does so on a daily basis. In reality this should just be called the 'Inconsiderate Asshole Lane' because that is exactly how it is going to be viewed. I don't care if I was texting the entire prologue to a novel. I wouldn't be caught dead in that lane and I think I speak for everyone when I say that. You know the game 'Never Have I Ever'? You know how there are certain instances where everyone playing will admit to doing an embarrassing thing or two? However, then you get to 'Never have I ever paid for sex...' and you couldn't pry a beer off the table with a crowbar. That's exactly what the cell phone lane is. You don't want to be stigmatized as the person picking up prostitutes just like you don't want to be stigmatized as the person that cares more about small talking with your significant other than the safety of the sidewalk. It's okay to do things that are socially frowned upon from time to time, but you don't want it to become part of who you are as a person. You might as well lather this thing in fresh red paint everyday because it's basically the same thing as wearing a scarlet letter. Better than falling in a pool in a suit I guess...