Texting While Walking Is Dangerous, Too
And lots of people do it: study
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 13, 2012 4:20 PM CST
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(Newser) – We all know texting while driving is dangerous—but texting while walking is dangerous too, a new study finds, and many pedestrians are doing it. Researchers found that almost one-third of walkers in Seattle were distracted by a mobile device while crossing busy streets. Some were talking on the phone or listening to music, but texting was found to be particularly dangerous, the Seattle Times reports.

Texters were four times less likely to look both ways before crossing, obey traffic lights, or cross at the appropriate place, and they spent an average of almost two additional seconds in the intersection. Last year, more than 1,100 people wound up in ERs around the nation because they were using a mobile device while walking, but experts think the figure is too low because it relies on self-reporting.

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Alan
Dec 14, 2012 10:25 AM CST
I have been out of the United States for about five years. Upon return, I was amazed at how much technology had changed in that short time. The one thing that struck me was that many of us spend much more time with our hand held devices rather then the people they are walking with or with whom they're dining. The other night I was at a sporting event. I went to the men's room to use a urinal. A couple of urninals to my left was a 20 something using a hand held device while urinating. He dropped the device in the urinal and began cursing. I surpressed my laughter in order to be polite and also knowing that more of us are carrying concealed weapons. He walked away to get some paper towels in order to retrive the dropped device. What he didn't realize the urinal was one of those automatic flushers that drenched his device when he walked away. The curing became louder and more intense. I lost it and laughed out loud. I guess that incident proves there is a god and he has a sense of humor
jagerhans
Dec 14, 2012 6:03 AM CST
basically the source of danger is being dumb and reckless. it's not cell phones, nor booze, drugs, firearms or cars . put a sugar stick in the hands of a dimwit, he'll find a way to hurt himself or others with it, eventually.
gomer99
Dec 13, 2012 10:51 PM CST
Hey....... How much did these bozos get for this "study". What did they do...........collect the bazzilion YouTubes showing dumb shits walking into walls while texting. ?