Excerpt from this article, and happy new year!
As a society, we now spend almost half of our waking hours looking at screens… according to a 2013 research report compiled by Liberty Mutual Insurance, 70 percent of people in the United States admit to texting and walking.
“So much attention has been paid, and rightly so, to distracted driving that we have ignored the fact that distracted walking and crossing can be just as risky,” David Melton, a driving safety expert with Liberty Mutual, wrote in the report.
…If you’re one of the people who admit to texting and walking but pride yourself on being an expert at this task, there is lot of research that shows you’re actually not.
A study published earlier this year in the medical journal PLOS One found that walking and using your smartphone at the same time affects people’s posture and balance, causing them to swerve and walk slower. (In other words, you look like a person who’s had six too many drinks.) As a result, researchers found, texting and walking can cause accidents, “including falls, trips and collisions with obstacles or other individuals.”