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Texting while walking makes you slow and swerve

ANI
Published Jul 30, 2015, 6:09 pm IST
Updated Mar 28, 2019, 9:06 am IST
Texting while being cognitively distracted also increased obstacle clearance
Pedestrians who text while walking are too busy to even  notice the lanes and walk in them
 Pedestrians who text while walking are too busy to even notice the lanes and walk in them
 
Washington DC: We often text while walking but being cognitively distracted while walking may significantly affect the way a person walks and may result in a more cautious gait.
 
Led by Dr. Conrad Earnest of Texas AandM University and colleagues from the University of Bath, UK, the research examined the effect of texting and walking while being cognitively distracted and negotiating curbs and other common pedestrian obstacles, and found that participants took significantly longer to complete the course while texting and being cognitively distracted compared to just walking.
 
Further, texting while being cognitively distracted also increased obstacle clearance, step frequency and decreased ability to walk in a straight line.
 
The authors of the study suggested participants when faced with cognitive challenges to decrease their walking speed to avoid accidents.
 
The research is published in the journal PLOS ONE.
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