Walking and talking on your cellphone can lead to a trip to the ER
Half of those injured while distracted by their phone while walking were under 30 and a quarter were 16 to 20. More than a quarter were age 41 to 60. Some of the incidents include a 16 year old boy who walked into a telephone pole while texting and suffered a concussion, a 28 year old man who was gripping his device, tripped, and fractured his finger, and a sprained thumb belonging to a 68 year old man who fell off a porch while talking on a cellphone.
Some psychologists believe that pedestrians using a handset use both auditory and visual parts of the brain. As an experiment, a clown on a unicycle was riding around a central square on campus. Half of those walking alone spotted the clown and the number was slightly higher for people walking in pairs. Those using cellphones saw the clown only a quarter of the time. And because those walking in pairs scored better than 50%, it is not conversation alone that is distracting pedestrians.
For most who walk and talk or text and get hurt, the worst part is the humiliation. 20 year old art student Christopher Black was sending off some flirting-type texts to a woman when he heard a car honk. He immediately veered toward the sidewalk but crashed into the side of a parked car. Uninjured, his phone hit the ground as did hid pride. Both have recovered.