When they first appear new technologies can be an incredible and awe-inspiring addition to our lives and we often wonder how we ever lived without them. This ‘honeymoon period’ of discovery is normal for anything exciting and new which enriches our lives.
However for some people and under certain circumstances this adulation never seems to wear off. Instead of efficiently using the technology for its intended purpose, these people take every opportunity to enjoy ‘the ride’. This phenomena is often observed when people interact with that most wondrous of technologies known as escalators, travelators or moving stairs.
Escalators are inherently practical and are intended to offer the user a quicker way of reaching a pre-determined destination. While these devices have been in existence and in use for quite some time now, some are seemingly struck dumb by the wonder that is moving stairs. These people are known to settle in for their short journey often in a way which blocks all those other escalator users behind them.
Please remember that while escalators are provided for human convenience, they are not intended to be rides on which to loiter and therefore prevent other people from moving at their desired pace. If you would rather enjoy the ride, all that is required of you is to move to the side and therefore allow the free passage of people past you.
Also please note that while some escalators allow for the transport of shopping trolleys and strollers, not all are designed for this purpose. Guidelines for the recommended use of your chosen escalator are normally clearly displayed and in following them you will help ensure that your escalator experience will be a safe one.
For those that are frustrated in their efforts to get by other people blocking their passage on escalators, while your pain is noted, do not stand too close to other people or breathe down their necks. This will not encourage them to move out of your way, and may in fact have the opposite effect and delay you even further.
The best recommendation for the appropriate use of escalators is to remember that they are not designed as a free ride. However if you choose to use them as such be sure to keep to the side so that other people who are not there for the ride can easily continue on their way.