Those who like to walk and text or surf the mobile Web at the same time — rejoice. Utah Valley University has invented a staircase to try and reduce cellphone-related injuries.

The staircase is divided up into lanes like a highway — one for running, one for walking and one for texting.

"This is what it's come to, people," Nicolas DiDomizio wrote for Mic. "The lanes' mere existence is clearly a commentary on how we make our way through the world today."

While some might not think smartphone use while walking isn't a serious safety risk, it's no laughing matter, as The New York Times reported. Pedestrians who suffered injuries during smartphone use accounted for more than 11,000 injuries between 2000 and 2011. One woman The Times reported on even walked into a truck in San Francisco while on her phone, though she survived.

Whether or not it assuages safety concerns, texting lanes like the ones UVU is experimenting with might have more implications for civility, The Times' Matt Richtel argued.

"There’s no telling whether safety would improve, but it well might be nice for everyone who would like to walk without being zombie bumped," Richtel wrote.


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