Cell phones and smartphones in particular, are an amazing tool. They let us keep in touch with our friends and family, provide us with incredibly convenient maps and directions when we are lost, and are the ultimate tool in settling bar bets. They are our life support, our life line to everything.
For some of us, our lives exist on our phones. We can’t even go five minutes without checking it for new messages, tweets, or Instagram likes. For others, maybe the games on their phone are more interesting than the daily happenings of the world around them. However, just like how talking on a cell phone while driving is incredibly dangerous, walking and texting is causing all kinds of problems, especially in pedestrian-heavy cities like the ones in Japan.
There have been numerous issues recently about people who endanger those around them when they constantly look at their phone while walking. A junior high school boy in Aichi Prefecture found out just how dangerous staring at your phone can be, to himself, and to the hundreds of people he put in danger.
On Oct 30, at Gokiso station in Nagoya, the student was staring at his smartphone while walking on the platform. He walked too close to the edge and fell onto the tracks as a train was pulling into the station. The train conductor thankfully noticed the student fall and hit the emergency brake. The train was able to stop 30 meters from where the boy had fallen.
Perhaps the boy had been looking up “what to do if you fall onto the train tracks” because he was also able to make it to the safety opening at track level.
So many horrifying things could have happened in this situation, and it all stemmed from not paying the proper attention to your surroundings when you are walking. Ad campaigns to raise awareness to this danger are starting to pick up steam, and surely this incident will cause more and more people to pay attention.
Source: Itai News via Mainichi Shimbun
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