X

A city in northern China has introduced a special pedestrian lane on one of its roads, exclusively for slow-walking smartphone users.

The pavement along the Yanta Road in Xi’an has now established the special lane for so-called “phubbers”, people who stare at their mobile phone screens and ignore everything else around them.

The Chinese lane is painted red, green and blue, and is 80cm wide and 100m long – hopefully enough to distinguish it from your typical Chinese traffic lane.

And, in case you were wondering, the Oxford Living Dictionary defines  phubbing as “the practice of ignoring one’s companion or companions in order to pay attention to one’s phone or other mobile device.”

It says the word is a blend of “phone” and “snubbing” and says it was coined by an Australian advertising agency as part of a marketing campaign with the Macquarie Dictionary.

Those of us who have been repeatedly phubbed on Aussie footpaths – or should that be “phubpaths”?  can only cheer.

728x90 Stand By To Repel Phubbers
LB 728x90 Stand By To Repel Phubbers
SmartHouse Yoga Slim Carbon 728 x 90 Stand By To Repel Phubbers
%name Stand By To Repel Phubbers
Banner Shyla 728x90 Stand By To Repel Phubbers
BW Trade In 728x90 1 Stand By To Repel Phubbers
en us WD MyPassportSSD WEB BNR 728x90 Final Sustain V2 Stand By To Repel Phubbers
ARL0335 Arlo Pro 4 Banner 728x90 FA scaled Stand By To Repel Phubbers
JBHIFI Ampere 728 x 90 media Stand By To Repel Phubbers
Flick of a switch 728x90 1 Stand By To Repel Phubbers

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE