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Have you bumped into someone on the sidewalk while texting? You’re not alone.
According to News1130, thousands of people are crashing into each year due to distracted walking – they can’t take their eyes off their smartphone.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons conducted a survey on distracted walking because most people believe they aren’t the problem when it comes to walking and texting, talking selfies, listening to music, and bumping into other pedestrians.
Distracted walking seems harmless, but it is very dangerous. Emergency room visits for distracted driving went up 35% from 2010 to 2013. Injuries include contusions, sprained ankles, and fractures from falling and bumping into others.
The NY Times has created an interactive game developed to measure the reaction times of distracted drivers.
To play, users must change lanes when prompted by using the numbers at the top of their QWERTY keyboard. At three different times in the game, the player receives a text message on the right side of the screen. Players must read and respond to the text message while changing lanes at the same time.
The game is designed to demonstrate the consequences of texting while driving.