Do you ever text and walk?
by LP on January 26, 2014 - 6:15pm
Melissa Dahl, author of the article “Texters can’t walk in a straight line, study shows” published January 22, 2014 informs us of a new problem, texting and walking. A new study has shown that texting on your phone while walking actually changes someone demeanor, it causes people to walk slower and also making it harder to walk in a straight line. Some Australian researchers filmed 26 men walk while texting and once walking normally. It is shown that while texting the participants of the study had a harder time keeping up there normal pace and also walk straight. We’ve all seen a video on youtube of someone embarrassing themselves while texting and walking or at least heard of them, well this problem is the most embarrassing reasons for a visit to the ER. In 2010, more than 1 500 person came in the ER to be treated because of an incident including texting and walking. Trying to do two things at once is never a good idea, I know we all think we can do it but we actually end up concentrate on one instead of both. Researcher Dr. Beth Ebel shows in a study that people that text and walk in Seattle are most likely gonna spend more time in an intersection ans are less likely to look up while crossing a street. Cellphones are now part of our everyday lives but people should take the time needed to go to there destination without texting. This problem is similar ro texting and driving, why risk hurting or embarrassing yourself when you can wait till you reach your destination. If you are walking and you want to text someone take the 30 second to stop on the side of the sidewalk or you can even just wait, but do not text and walk, it can annoy the people behind you.