Magic Stairs: Message Your Friend and Let Others Move

Our time is apparently the time of communication. But this communication has predominantly virtual forms, and today many of us are virtually engulfed by multiple messengers, social networks and other magic tools capable of making us feel not alone in any most hidden corner (equipped with the internet connection, of course).

What is inconvenient?

As we communicate on our way using our multiple gadgets, we often get so carried away with our chats that we don`t notice anybody around us, which can make uncomfortable those who are less engaged with gadget-to-gadget talks. This can happen on the street when you start elbowing the passersby – not intentionally, but still unpleasant, or in transport when busy typing a message, or when stepping up or down the stairs being unable to give up surfing through the web. The situation can be even worse – when people too busy with their gadgets approach the road and cause car accidents.

Where is the solution?

If to be more attentive and less carried away is not a solution for you, then the Utah University, USA, has invented a special-purpose staircase, which is separated into three parts. The first part is for those stepping down in a usual pace, the second one is for those who prefer running down the stairs, and the third one is right for the poor message addicts typing on the move. So, once on this staircase, and if preceded by a man typing something in his gadget crazily, the zoned stairs will help you keep on moving unhampered.

Such uncommon solution arose following an article once published by some famous American newspaper, which claimed that those abstracting when on the move suffer much more often from various traumas than those abstracting when driving a car.

The idea of a “smart” staircase was realized by the University`s Creative Director who tried to attract the students` attention to the problem of busy typing. Following his intention, the young men should think over the problem and laugh over their recklessness and gadget addiction. The man also believes that this idea will, perhaps, bring the students back to real life and real oral communication with one another.

About the author: Stacy Green, Utah University blogger, engaged with youth problems, optionally studying juvenile psychology and making juvenile behavior researches at Keen on psychology & social relations.