Distracted walking on the rise, texting, talking and more...
The study was performed by the University of Washington, and the researchers observed 1,102 pedestrians. They determined that 29.8% of all pedestrians were engaged in some type of distracting activity while crossing. Text messaging accounted for 7.2% of the distractions, talking on the phone was 6.2%.
Crossing time increased while texting, talking on the phone or talking with a friend. The observers determined that texting pedestrians are 3.9 times more likely than undistracted pedestrians to disregard common safety guidelines, like looking both ways or disobey a signal. However, pedestrians that were listening to music crossed intersections on average a half-second quicker than undistracted pedestrians.
Getting stuck behind someone on the sidewalk while they meander around while they are trying to text can be frustrating. The same can be said for getting stuck behind someone for the same reason while trying to cross the road, but it is potentially a lot more dangerous. Just remember the basics, pull your head out of up and take a look both ways so you do not end up staining a car’s windshield.
1. Topcat488 (Posts: 974; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
Remember the woman that fell into the water fountain at the mall while "texting"... That was funny. I got to find that youtube video...
4. Topcat488 (Posts: 974; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
Found it!!! Enjoy.
2. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1207; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
nearly died once when i missed a bus by inches
3. eisenbricher (Posts: 961; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)
Just got lucky when I was about to fell from the International Space Station.
That day my 3310 slipped out of my hand though, heard that Dinosaurs stopped existing since then.
7. cripton805 (Posts: 897; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
I park closest to the stores and I roll around my office in my chair. I drive thru at restaurants so I dont get off and walk. I buy the food with the most grease because its delicious.
I LOVE THIS COUNTRY!
8. TheMan (Posts: 337; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
It's for this reason that some cities, maybe some states (I haven't heard), have made "texting while walking" illegal.