Texting and Walking
It is clear that cell phones have become our most reliable tool for all forms of communication. Cell phones can be great. They help us keep in touch with faraway friends, give us constant updates on the world around us, and can be a great source of entertainment. However, as numerous studies have shown, cell phones present dangers, too. You’re hopefully aware of the dangers of texting and driving. But what do you know about texting and walking?
Just like they lead to distracted driving, cell phones can also lead to distracted pedestrians. Statistics from the Consumer Product Safety Commission shows that emergency room visits involving pedestrians using cellphones were up 124% in 2014 from 2010. Many of these accidents involved pedestrians walking out into traffic while on their cell phones.
Don’t Text and Walk
Texting while walking seems to be a growing problem in 2016. Here are some things you should consider to minimize the chance for accidents and injuries:
- It is important that you avoid texting while walking altogether
- Always be aware of your surroundings. If you are walking, be aware of distracted drivers, and if are driving, be aware of distracted pedestrians!
- Share the statistics we mentioned above with all your loved ones to make sure they understand how dangerous it can be to text and walk at the same time
- Speak with your children about the dangers of texting while walking and what they could do to avoid getting distracted by their cell phones.
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