Texting While Walking Is Dangerous. Here’s How to Stop
It found that between 2000 and 2011, there were hundreds of emergency room visits related to phone use while walking, and the primary cause of injury was a fall. While more research needs to be done on distracted walking, it’s indisputable that walking while texting is less safe than paying attention to your surroundings.
It is a well-known fact that distracted driving (especially cell phone use) is a contributing factor in a multitude of severe car accidents every year. But cell phone use when walking can cause injuries too — a pedestrian who is looking at their cell phone could be hit by a car, fall, or sustain other injuries while distracted.
Researchers at The Ohio State University say an estimated 1,500 pedestrians were treated in emergency rooms in 2010 for injuries related to using their cell phones while walking. That was double the number of such incidents reported in 2005, even though pedestrian injuries overall have decreased.
The study found most injuries occurred to people between the ages of 13 and 29 and were due to distracted driving, walking and texting with a cell phone. Cuts to the face and head were the most common injuries, followed by contusions – bruising of the brain – abrasions and internal organ injuries.