I thought this was
interesting,This city embedded traffic lights in the sidewalks so smartphone users don't have to look up.
It is the city of Augsburg, Germany and in a way makes a lot of sense for the times we are in, yet I'm left feeling something's off about the use/over
use of cell phones and where this idea of traffic lights in the ground may lead.
I do know that a young woman got hit in my town the other day and from what I gathered through the small town grapevine was that she was on her cell
phone and yet in a cross walk. Lights in the ground telling one it is safe to walk, might not save anyone from getting hurt by a a bad driver.
What we need in my opinion is a way back to awareness without a constant gadget that connects us to the world. We need to look up and around our
environment, be aware and take everything in while navigating as a pedestrian and as drivers. Here in California, pedestrians have the right of way.
Just today my signal flashed the walk sign and I started to walk right as a driver started to turn at the corner I was crossing. I looked at him and
pointed to my walk signal and he stopped and I crossed.
I love being connected to the world, but I know I'm in the world without a gadget and the world is all around me, not just on a screen.
Well, thanks for reading folks and please share your thoughts on the subject matter.
What's next, conveyor belt sidewalks? Forget about looking around... we won't even have to move our bodies very much!
Seriously though, technology is going to keep embedding itself into our routine and psyche to the point that apps and OS will integrate itself with
the most basic of human functions, including looking up now and then.
Just the other day I was discussing something similar with regards to how our modern world has really changed in the past decade. Many feel that we
are more interconnected than ever before, which to a certain degree we are with the interwebs and the fact that we can now almost instantly
communicate with each other over our hand held device but at what cost?
We were discussing many examples, One for instance, DVDs and how the video store is pretty much extinct. Back in the day on a Friday night or
Halloween etc, we would run down to the video store, pick out a selection of movies for the evening or the weekend, then the next stop for the
evening was to pick up some wine/beer etc then finally hit a pizza shop or some other take out.
Often times we'd run into people we'd know at each local and either have a small chat face to face catching up on each others lives or end up inviting
them over for an evening of suds & pizza and a movie. Nowadays, almost everyone we know have high speed interwebs, HD TVs and texting capabilities.
Instead of the previously mentioned scenario. We presently order a pizza online/phone to be delivered, pick out a movie or two for the evening online
or via cable services and text a friend about what we are doing, they'll more than likely text back that they are doing the same thing where they
Electronic physical isolation.
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The peoples using smartphone have a tendency to be recipient for a Darwin price.
Some time ago not far from here, there was a poor girl too absorbed by her smartphone at a subway station waiting for the cars to arrive. When the
door opened, she walked directly between two cars instead of the door.
She had fallen onto the rails and have been crushed to death.
a reply to: SLAYER69 Electronic physical isolation is right. I have become quite addicted to being on ATS or playing my 3ds
game, but have started to make a point to stare into a gadget only when I am by myself and not while spending time with friends/loved ones. The
disconnect of doing such while around people right in front of me... feels really off. There are times when it is okay, like after spending a lot of
time together in the same home... but the need for quality time and interaction with people in real life feels to me like a very human necessity for
my sense of balance and well being.
a reply to: PeterMcFly Very sad and disturbing story.
When I was younger, my school taught the ways of the road and safety on bicycles.
Today, we need to have cell phone awareness safety classes.... and I am not joking. Just like we should not text and drive, we should not text and
cross the road or text in an area you must be aware of any dangers, like in your story.
If somebody gets hurt or killed because he can´t stop facebooking or twittering on his superduper-good for eyes and neck-screen, then this is only
natural selection, it´s not too bad.
Own fault, own stupidity, no compassions!
I like to jostle such freaks, when they see nothing than their mini screen and run towards me. Or to yell at them, short before i would jostle them.
It´s a lot of fun and laughing for me when they are shocked nearly to death by their surroundings, by the real life... xD
a reply to: crazyewok
yeah but i don't want to be late for work because some idiot just HAD to post that hashtag on his twitter.
there has to be a way for natural selection to work without it inconveniencing us
if it was a master plan i would almost admire it we do it to ourselves, or at least the people that engage in this kind of behaviour, we should use
social media to inform ourselves and connect, not to live through it.
I fully expect to see people walking down the screen looking at it through the live view of their phone's camera instead of just, you know, using
their own eyes.
but you never know when something might happen and you can take that picture asap and make it go viral and become internet famous because obviously
that is all that matters any more!!!
if zombies existed and ate brains they would just die of malnutrition nowadays
a reply to: IShotMyLastMuse Lol! I'll have to invent the cell phone sun glasses, just press a small button the side of them and
you can snap or record everything your seeing on the screen/lens.
I just remembered a dream about a car that had a screen instead of a window... instead of real life everything should be seen through a screen! I see
the future now and I'm becoming a vegetarian... malnourished, dyeing, zombie brains...ick!
I'm torn on this.
On the one hand it's depressing that this is needed, and I definitely think that younger people especially need to stop being so attached to their
devices, it's just not healthy in my opinion. But, this is a technological step forward and just as with every other there are going to be people
The same thing happened at every other technological move - when people started getting electricity in their homes for the first time people
campaigned against it, wrote articles saying how it would make people lazy, how it would damage your health, how it would lead to all kinds of
When people got phones in their homes, TV's, radios... the same thing. There were people out there claiming all kinds of nonsense about how dangerous
it all was and how wasteful such things were.
What difference does it make, really, whether the lights are in the ground or on poles? If anything, it's more aesthetically pleasing while offering a
better chance at preventing death and injury. I think people who complain about things like this are just generally whiners who just desperately want
something to rant about.
I'll just finish with this right here, seems relevant:
Yeah, people walk into you in the grocery store because they are looking at their smart phones instead of where they are walking.
I remember the lady that walked/fell into a fountain at a shopping mall... again, looking at phone while walking.
Stores have apps that lead you to savings in the store. I know that the Target app sends an alert to your phone when you walk through the door...
reminding you of special deals. They urge you to pay attention to the electronic device.
I am surprised that we don't have a drive to have people walk with their phone camera on in front of their faces to see where they are going.... to
'solve' the problem.
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