South Korea Installs Ground Traffic Lights To Alert ‘Phone Obsessed Zombies’
With mind-blowing internet connectivity and countless intriguing apps to surf on, smartphones are nothing short of an obsession among the current generation. Ending smartphone addiction may seem impossible, as the undivided attention paid to phone screens is also said to have contributed to the growing number of accidents. Now it looks like South Korea is the first nation to come up with a solution. Showing off the adage that modern problems require modern solutions, Seoul installed traffic lights on the ground rather than on poles. Yes, you read that right. Already ahead of its time, the Asian country has developed this technology to help people who are glued to their phone screens when crossing roads. In the country, these people are called Smombies, that is, smartphone-obsessed zombies.
The unique technology was revealed after Indian industrialist Shrinivas Dempo took to his official Twitter account to share a video of South Korean citizens using the new streetlights. While sharing the video, the businessman wrote in the caption, “Sign of the times: traffic lights come down to road level at this intersection in Seoul so people they call Smombies (zombies obsessed with smartphones) can cross roads safely while using their smartphones.
In the video, pedestrians can be seen waiting at the zebra crossing on a busy road in Seoul. But that’s not what grabs everyone’s attention. All eyes were fixed on a red LED light on the sidewalk, behind which people can be seen standing. After a few seconds, the light turned green and commuters started crossing the road.
Sign of the times: Traffic lights are lowered to road level at this Seoul junction so people they call Smombies (smartphone-obsessed zombies) can cross roads safely while using their smartphones. pic.twitter.com/i5zHTGmZhh
— Shrinivas Dempo (@ShrinivasDempo) November 22, 2022
The video was originally shared by a Twitter user named Trung Phan, who, while sharing the video, wrote in the caption, “South Korea has put street lights for pedestrians on the ground because so many pedestrians were looking at the telephones”.
Speaking to the comments section, several users have expressed their opinion about it. Some have commented and revealed that South Korea is not the only country with such technology. A social media user took to the comments section to reveal that Melbourne had this for a few years.
A few called out people who use phones while walking down the road and claimed that these technologies encourage people to continue their habit. Another commented: ‘I still think it’s unforgiving to use your phone while walking or moving around on foot. Do you justify people using their phones excessively as something work-related? »
I still think it’s unforgiving to use your phone while walking or moving around on foot. Do you justify people using their phones excessively as something work-related?
— Xeta (@xetathealmighty) November 21, 2022
So far, the video has been viewed over 544,000 times and garnered over 10,000 likes.
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