Research reveals dangers of walking and texting

Walking and texting could expose users to danger, according to researchers

Walking and texting could expose users to danger, according to researchers

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TEXTING on the move affects the way people walk and may expose them to danger, according to new research.

Writing texts while walking can alter posture and balance, say scientists who studied the effects of mobile phone use on 26 healthy volunteers.

Participants in the Australian study walked at a comfortable pace in a straight line over a distance of around 28 feet.

Each was asked either to walk without a phone, or to walk while reading or typing a text. At the same time, their body movements were analysed in three dimensions.

Texting, and to some extent, reading, was shown to modify body positioning while walking. While texting, participants walked more slowly and were more likely to swerve from a straight course.

Although the arms and head moved with the chest to facilitate reading and texting, increased head movement could have a negative effect on balance, said the researchers, whose findings are reported in the online journal Public Library Of Science ONE.

Texting pedestrians may be more at risk when navigating obstacles or crossing roads, they added.

Study leader Dr Siobhan Schabrun, from the University of Queensland in Australia, said: "Texting, and to a lesser extent reading, on your mobile phone affects your ability to walk and balance. This may impact the safety of people who text and walk at the same time."

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9:04am Thu 23 Jan 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

I'm all for scientific exploration but am often bemused by what some people can get funding for.
I'm all for scientific exploration but am often bemused by what some people can get funding for. GardenVarietyMushroom
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12:35pm Thu 23 Jan 14

squirrelchez says...

GardenVarietyMushroo
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I'm all for scientific exploration but am often bemused by what some people can get funding for.
I agree - the results of this "study" are obvious - surely the funding could be used for something more worthwhile...like medical research?!
[quote][p][bold]GardenVarietyMushroo m[/bold] wrote: I'm all for scientific exploration but am often bemused by what some people can get funding for.[/p][/quote]I agree - the results of this "study" are obvious - surely the funding could be used for something more worthwhile...like medical research?! squirrelchez
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5:04pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Mervyn James says...

I think these texting idiots as for what they get, apart from risking their lives, they risk others and appear oblivious to reason or common sense, when they aren't being rude and hostile to others and shouting their business to all and sundry as well, by all means let them kill themselves but prevent them harming others. Again who needs a survey ? anyone can spot these clowns a dozen times a day on our streets. Most of these phone users shouldn't be on the street alone, they need carers or guides or something, the sheer arrogance of the mobile phone users in that they need 24/7 contact suggests they have serious issues somewhere. No-one is that important apart for hose responsible for our health or the security of our country.
I think these texting idiots as for what they get, apart from risking their lives, they risk others and appear oblivious to reason or common sense, when they aren't being rude and hostile to others and shouting their business to all and sundry as well, by all means let them kill themselves but prevent them harming others. Again who needs a survey ? anyone can spot these clowns a dozen times a day on our streets. Most of these phone users shouldn't be on the street alone, they need carers or guides or something, the sheer arrogance of the mobile phone users in that they need 24/7 contact suggests they have serious issues somewhere. No-one is that important apart for hose responsible for our health or the security of our country. Mervyn James
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5:20pm Thu 23 Jan 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Don't wish to be indelicate Merv - but how do you know they're 'shouting'?
Don't wish to be indelicate Merv - but how do you know they're 'shouting'? GardenVarietyMushroom
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6:35pm Thu 23 Jan 14

gatty says...

to be honest i see alot of this, and 99% are young girls.makes me laugh everytime, how they dont walk into lamp posts or even get knocked down gods knows. silly people
to be honest i see alot of this, and 99% are young girls.makes me laugh everytime, how they dont walk into lamp posts or even get knocked down gods knows. silly people gatty
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