Texting and Walking

Texting and Walking

Hannah Brewster, Contributor

Are you guilty of texting and walking? If so, you are not alone.  “A new study in the journal Injury Prevention shows that nearly one in three people cross busy streets while distracted by their cell phones- and some are even doing it during rush hour,” (Texting and Walking, Wellness).   

The most common ages that texting and walking occurs is between 25 – 44. In fact, texting and walking is on the rise. “The Associated Press reporting earlier this year that hospitalizations from the practice have gone up fourfold from seven years ago,” (Texting and Walking, Wellness). 

The worst habit out of all the things that can be done on a phone is texting.  “People who texted took nearly two seconds longer than non-texters to cross around three or four lanes of traffic. And they also ignored traffic lights, didn’t look both ways and crossed in an area that is not the crosswalk nearly four times more than non-texters,” (Texting and Walking, Wellness). 

“Most people at least followed the basic rules of the road – 80 percent of people obeyed the traffic lights, and 94 percent crossed at the crosswalk. But only about 25 percent looked both ways before crossing the streets,” (Texting and Walking, Wellness). As confident as some people may think they are when it comes to texting and walking statistics show different. “A new study from Ohio State University found that so called ‘distracted walking’ causes two million injuries to pedestrians each year,” (Pedestrians Death Up, Texting, Connor). 

If you are guilty of texting and walking please wait or stop and answer the text. When crossing a busy road or even a road that doesn’t get much traffic isn’t worth reading a text when you have a full life ahead of you. It can wait.