Texting while walking impairs stride, poses risks: Study
Published on Jan 23, 2014 6:09 AM
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Texting while walking impairs a person's ability to follow a straight line and keep a normal pace, and may pose risks to pedestrians according to a study out on Wednesday.
Researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia decided to study texting while walking since it appeared no one had actually scientifically analysed how the modern preoccupation impacts a person's gait.
Anecdotally, the evidence was clear, even among the 26 people they selected for the study: one in three admitted to having had some sort of texting accident, "including falls, trips and collisions with obstacles or other individuals". Previous research has shown that texting and walking in virtual environments can raise the risk of accidents.
The rise in the number of pedestrians injured while using their mobile phones to talk or text since 2006 has also raised concern, and some towns in the United States have gone so far as to ban the activity.
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