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  • University provides a ‘texting and walking lane’
  • University provides a ‘texting and walking lane’
    Matthew Kenwrick (2015) ©

University provides a ‘texting and walking lane’

Technology has increased the expectation that we should be on call 24/7 and it's becoming increasingly difficult to put down our phones. Utah University has introduced a specially designated ‘walk and text lane’ for people glued to their screens. But will they glance up to notice?



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