A recent study using data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System says more and more people who walk and text or talk on the phone are getting injured. The collected data from emergency rooms nationwide shows a major increase in such injuries over the past six years. And about 67% of those injured are under the age of 25. We used to joke about people who couldn't walk and chew gum at the same time, but the serious nature of walking and talking or texting is no joke.
People in crosswalks without looking at the signals or traffic, people wandering in parking lots without listening for turning cars, people simply not paying attention. With our weather and outdoor ways, people here would seem to be at greater risk than some other places if they don't pay attention. A simple solution is to stop… yes, stop. Stop walking and talk. Lean against a building and text, but don't become distracted and thus a risk factor.
Bad enough that people feel the need to text right up until the movie starts or stand in your way as you try to traverse sidewalks and malls while they obsess over their phones. And date night in America now apparently requires texts while dining, apparently much more vital than the undivided attention your dining guest deserves.
Don't talk and walk, don't text and toddle. Use your head, and your eyes and ears. Don't be cell-fish. Think about it…