Distracted by their phone: five unfortunate incidents to learn from
With smartphones in every pocket, we are given more opportunities than ever - we are tempted to check our email, text someone, go and quickly check our Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr... We have a myriad of distractions just waiting to devour us and disconnect us from reality. And when this happens, the consequences are not always funny. But sometimes they are and here we've brought together five recent unfortunate incidents that happened because people were too distracted by their cell phones to notice the world around them.
Some looked at it from the bright side, others used this to warn people about the dangers of getting too distracted by their phone and some should just be happy it all ended well.
We're sure there are plenty more incidents out there (help us out with the ones you know about in the comments below!) and the casual bumping into a wall or onto a lamp post on the street has become so common that in London lamp posts are now getting cushioned. Reports show that 1 out of 10 of us have suffered from a bruise or fracture because of texting while walking.
But even with cushioned lamp posts, the best medicine from getting in a ridiculous situation and injured would be to just check your email or leave the texting for a quieter time.
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This unfortunate incident involvels a woman who decided to text at the wrong time. Submerged into her texting, she didn't even notice the fountain at the mall where she was and took an innocent dive. Not funny, but luckily it turned out to be nothing serious.
Now, this is simply funny because it looks like the technician should know well where he is and where he's headed. After picking up a cell phone, though, he completely loses his perception of reality and falls right into a pool.
Now, that's something so out of the ordinary, you wouldn't expect it to happen to you. But probably the man who faced a live bear while walking on the streets in California didn't too. Nonetheless, it happened. Distracted by his phone, a man didn't notice that he was walking right towards a bear almost until he bumped into the animal.
Trying to text while walking onto the pier when you're not a good swimmer is not a good idea. That's what Bonnie Miller understood when she stumbled and plunged into the cold waters of Lake Michigan while texting. Luckily, the woman was with her son and husband, and after they shouted people including the husband jumped in to help and managed to get her out of the water.
Texting might not be what got her into this – it was rather the pavement that somehow eroded under flowing water, but we imagine the shock of this poor Chinese girl was even bigger when she unexpectedly fell into the ground. Luckily, a cab driver nearby was there to help her out.