So it's pretty well ingrained into the social consciousness that texting or phoning while driving is dangerous, if not patently illegal. Furthering that, a study published from the University of Queensland has investigated what risks there are associated with the thoroughly modern practice of texting on a mobile device while walking and what dangers it may pose to the text-walker and the other pedestrians around them.
The investigation was launched after the co-author of the study, Texting and Walking: Strategies for Postural Control and Implications for Safety, heard multiple news stories of text-walkers unwittingly injuring themselves by shuffling off piers or onto train tracks as they stared agog at their screen.
After experimentation in which subjects walked a length of nine metres, texting and not texting, the findings of the report were that: text-walkers amble slower than non-texters while also swerving from a straight gait; their bodies become more rigid meaning detriment to balance; and that the distraction of the device heightens the probability of having an accident because of decreased spatial awareness.
Is text-walking something you can do with ease? Or are you the person behind the text-walker silently dying with impatience as you try to overtake the plodding zombie? [Guardian]