January 23, 2014
We all know texting and driving can have deadly consequences, but what about texting and walking?
Visit a site like YouTube and it’s easy to find a treasure trove full of humorous videos where people – distracted by their Smartphones – collide head on with objects and other pedestrians.
A team of researchers in Australia says texting while taking a stroll can play havoc on one’s posture, become a dangerous distraction, effect balance and ability to walk in a straight line and can even result in death.
Utilizing the same motion-capture technology used in films, analysts from the University of Queensland studied 26 volunteers who were equipped with body gear, including reflective patches on their hells, pelvis, heads and torso. Eight cameras captured their movements and recorded data.
For the study, the volunteers were asked to walk 8.5 metres in a variety of situations – without a phone, reading a text and typing a text. The results were interesting to say the least.
As the Wall Street Journal reports, 77 percent of the world’s population now owns a Smartphone, and accidents related to usage of the distracting devices has gone up.
As a result of the study, researchers are warning that “in a pedestrian environment, inability to maintain a straight path would be likely to increase potential for collisions, trips and traffic accidents.”
So, they say, “the best thing to do is to step aside and stop, or keep off the phone.”
Megan Abraham is a staff writer for SiteProNews.