Walking and texting can be hazardous to your health?
Recently, while at a theme park with my family, it occurred to me that this texting while walking epidemic is not just dangerous for the distracted walker…It is very frustrating to try and walk behind them, especially when you can’t seem to get past them.
If you have ever been stuck behind a walking texter, you know exactly what I am talking about. There are now studies that confirm people walk slower and swerve while texting.
Researchers from Texas A&M University and the University of Bath in the UK had 30 walkers between the ages of 18 and 50 navigate an obstacle course, in 3 scenarios: walking normal, texting and walking; and texting and walking while being distracted by a mathematical test on an app.
“We found that our participants were very good at adapting the way they walk to limit their risk of injury, and there were very few occasions when a participant hit an obstacle,” Polly McGuigan, a lecturer in biomechanics at the University of Bath’s Department for Health, said in a statement. “This may be because many of the participants had grown up using a mobile phone and are very used to multi-tasking.”
One thing is for sure and I can tell you first hand, texting while walking down stairs is very hazardous to your health…after a bruised tail bone an sore back, I learned that there is no text that can’t wait the 3 seconds it takes to get down the stairs.