The Dangers of Texting and Walking

Everyone knows that it is dangerous to text while driving. It is so dangerous, in fact, that it’s illegal to do so. Texting can jeopardize the lives of the texter, and those around him. What is less known, however, is that texting and walking is hazardous, too.

Many injuries have occurred from texting while walking. It’s distracting and leads to pedestrians veering off the sidewalk. This could lead to a massive injury, and an innocent driver being blamed for someone else’s mistake.

Common injuries that result from texting and walking are: fractures, concussions, sprains, bruises, broken bones, and in some cases, death. Whether crossing the street or simply walking down the sidewalk, pedestrians can easily get hurt when on their phones. They can even get hurt in the comfort of their own homes.

It’s fairly common to trip over a faulty step or run into a sign or lamppost when on the phone. These may seem like minor injuries, but they could lead to something much worse. Some places in the world have taken extra precautions to prevent phone related accidents. In London, the city has put up padded lampposts. This reduces concussions.

Since 2011, pedestrian deaths have risen. This correlates with the increase in the popularity of the smartphone. The National Highway Traffic System Administration claimed that In that year there were over 4,000 pedestrian deaths. In six years, that number increased by 2,000. There were about 6,000 pedestrians’ deaths in 2017.

At Ohio State University, there was a study done that determined how many injuries occurred from distracted walking in the last few years. The result was about two million.

However, there have been no direct studies on distracting texting and walking. It is assumed that many of these injuries are from texting and walking.  The studies conducted generally dissect distracted walking, and not the specific reason for distraction.

There has been a surge in pedestrian accidents among teenagers. People aged 15-19 make up half of pedestrian deaths. This is a rising concern. The average age a child gets a phone is 10, which could result in even younger deaths. Texting and walking could be seen as a gateway to texting and driving.

It’s important to be cautious when using a phone. If is essential to answer a text, step off to the side of the sidewalk to respond. Listen to music with only one headphone, instead of two. Be aware of the surrounding area. Make a note of where signs, streets and lampposts are in town.

Texting and walking may not be a top concern, but it’s definitely something to watch out for. Pedestrian deaths are rising each year. It’s time to start taking preventive action before it becomes a bigger issue. Smartphones are becoming more and more addictive. The world should cut back now before it becomes as reckless as texting and driving.