Obviously texting and driving is a big, fat, dangerous no-no
, but texting and walking
? Apparently it can be quite hazardous! According to an article in the New York Times
, "more than 1,000 pedestrians visited emergency rooms in 2008 because they got distracted and tripped, fell or ran into something while using a cellphone to talk or text
." The article lists a few examples, from the teenager who ran into a street pole while texting to a man in his 60s who fell off of his front porch while talking on the phone.
Thankfully I've yet to suffer any distraction-related injuries, but will cop to a few close calls with other pedestrians while walking down the street and using my phone. A psychology professor quoted in the article calls the phenomenon "inattention blindness," meaning a person can be looking at something but simply not process it due to distraction. Has this ever happened to you? And have you ever suffered any real injuries while using a gadget because you weren't paying enough attention to your surroundings?