A television program called “Mind Over Masses” has been conducting a social experiment that many may find it easy to get behind.
The National Geographic Channel program is testing dividing a sidewalk in Washington. D.C. into two lanes; one is labelled “No Cellphones”. The other “Cellphones Walk in This Lane at Your Own Risk”.
The Associated Press’s Jessica Gresko reported that “A notice on the website of the city’s Office of Motion Picture and Television Development said the new science series “uses what we know about human behavior” to develop “interactive solutions to everyday problems.” The notice said the show planned to create “Fast and slow lanes” on the sidewalk, “allowing participants to choose.”
So is the experiment returning harmony and courtesy back to the streets? Sadly no, the AP reports that many pedestrians are simply ignoring the sidewalk instructions. More pictures are available here.