Texting and Walking Is Hazardous To Your Health Too (But You Knew That)
Thursday, March 06, 2014
We’re all aware of the dangers of texting and driving — it’s not wise to take your eyes off the road when speeding down the freeway surrounded by steel and glass — but what about texting and walking? There’s at least one medical professor out there who believes that walking and text messaging is even more dangerous than texting and driving.
According to Dietrich Jehle, professor of emergency medicine at the University of Buffalo, texting and walking is responsible for more injuries per mile than driving and texting.
“Pedestrian injuries are particularly dangerous because there’s no protective area surrounding you when you’re hit by a car. (In a car accident you are protected by the car’s body, but as a pedestrian you are not.) We always view pedestrian injuries as kind of high risk injuries,” Jehle said.
The numbers are incredible. Over the course of a year, around 41,000 pedestrians visit the emergency room with some kind of injury. Out of those, up to 15 percent, or more than 6,100, are the result of someone using a mobile phone while walking.
Jehle has seen all kinds of injuries resulting from texting and walking. Pelvic fractures, head injuries as pedestrians are tossed up onto a car and into the windshield, falling down stairs, walking into walls… the list goes on. Play it safe folks — if you need to write a text, stop walking and be still.
fracture = break
A pelvic fracture is a broken pelvis (hip)
|“This is your pelvic (hip) bone.”|
Do you walk and text? (I do sometimes!)
Do you drive and text?
Do you text while you do something else?
PLEASE BE CAREFUL!