It can be extremely annoying. Walking or driving near someone who is immersed in using their cell phone. Now, a shopping center in China has added a pedestrian lane in the mall for those of us who simply cannot part with the device. According to the NY Times, the new pedestrian lane is intended to address the needs of the so-called “heads down tribe.”
Texting while walking has become such a problem that towns, such as Fort Lee, New Jersey, have banned texting while walking. And, of course, problems associated with pedestrian texting reach far beyond our shores. In fact, jump across the pond and you will find the city of London recently padded some lamp posts to prevent injuries.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that over a decade’s time, texting and walking has caused more than eleven thousand injuries.
Some people cannot walk and chew gum at the same time. Using an EEG headset, researchers have found that for some pedestrians, the scan showed that the brain was completely overloaded. David Putrino, Ph.D. with Mount Sinai Health System says “It’s a myth that humans can multitask; they’re actually just quickly switching between tasks. That means when people are texting while walking, they’re not actually paying full attention to walking.”
Source: Gary R’nel
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