Tuesday December 08, 2015

Distracted Walkers Pose Threat to Self and Others

A new study suggests that, not only are distracted walkers a danger to themselves, they are a threat to others as well. The sad thing is that, even though this is constantly in the news, it seems like the problem is only getting worse.

We’ve all seen it, and often felt it, as people looking down to text, tweet, read or play games on their smartphones crash into us, typically as we walk in a straight line and they don’t. A study by Eric M. Lamberg and Lisa M. Muratori at Stony Brook University found that distracted walkers veer off course by as much as 61 percent while texting and walking.