Many people can’t remember what we did without smartphones. In addition to old-fashioned phone conversations, we use smartphones to send text messages, play games, and even take photos of historic sites in Pennsylvania. Most teenagers and young adults vaguely remember not being able to do all of these things on their phones. However, they sometimes also forget about the dangers; not the dangers of having their phone hacked for personal information, but the dangers of using the phone while walking. Pedestrian accident injuries related to cellphone usage are on the rise.
While quite a bit of publicity has been directed toward the dangers of driving while texting, recent studies show that, in terms of injuries per mile, walking while distracted is more dangerous than driving while distracted. And because you can generally watch where you are going while talking on a phone, texting while walking leads to more accidents because you are not paying attention to your surroundings. Reported incidents caused by distracted walking include tripping and falling down stairs and, possibly the worst possible consequence, stepping into a crosswalk against the light and walking into traffic.