Distracted by your phone? Korea Communications Commission has the answer

Distracted by your phone? Korea Communications Commission has the answer
Published: 10 May 2018 - 5:28 a.m.
By: Georgina Enzer

The Korea Communications Commission, the media regulation agency for South Korea, has released a new service to prevent excessive distraction from smartphones in teenage pedestrians.

The new service will be included in the commission’s Cyber Security Zone, a parental monitoring app, and it locks smartphones when the user walks more than five steps.

According to the commission, the service aims to prevent accidents caused by ‘smombies,’ a term formed by combining the words ‘zombies’ and ‘smartphones’ and used to describe distracted pedestrians.

South Korea's Ministry of the Interior and Safety said smartphone-related traffic accidents doubled over the past five years and those aged below 20 were involved in 40% of these accidents.

Most of the accidents happened between 3pm and 5pm, indicating that teenagers returning home from school were the main victims.

"We hope that the anti-smombie service will reduce smartphone-related accidents among teenagers," the commission said, adding it will provide similar services for adults in the future.

 

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