Distracted Walking Is A Serious Issue In US Adults

Posted: Dec 6 2015, 9:10pm CST | by , in News | Latest Science News


Distracted Walking is a Serious Issue in US Adults
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78% of Americans admit that distracted walking is a serious issue yet most of them deny doing it. It's always or mostly 'other people' who are blamed for distracted walking.

78% of American adults believe that distracted walking is a ‘serious issue’, yet most of them deny doing it.

According to a recent study by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), 74 percent of US adults blamed ‘other people’ for distracted walking but not themselves. Only 29% admitted that they themselves walk like that.

Most of the distracted walking happens (90%) when people are talking on their cell phones. Also when they are having conversations with others, listening to music or texting on smartphones, their attention can divert and they start of focus on something else instead of looking at the track. 

Despite the common risks associated with distracted walking, it seems to be a common practice these days. The survey, which involved around 4,000 people, suggests that nearly 4 out of 10 Americans have witnessed a distracted walking incident, over 26% said that have been in incident themselves. The numbers of injuries in connection to using cell phones have doubled between 2004 and 2010, according to a recent study. 

“Today, the dangers of the 'digital deadwalker' are growing with more and more pedestrians falling down stairs, tripping over curbs, bumping into other walkers, or stepping into traffic causing a rising number of injuries--from scrapes and bruises to sprains and fractures.” Alan Hilibrand, spokesperson of AAOS, said.

The question that arises is, can we do two things at the same time? 48% of the respondents have not thought about anything like that, 28 % were very confident about their ability to multitask while 22% suggested they were too busy and want to utilize their time ‘productively.’ 

AAOS advises people to maintain a low volume if it is a must for them to use headphones or any other electronic device. While walking, focus on people and things around. Cross streets carefully with eyes up instead of looking down especially during holidays.  

“The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons urges pedestrians to avoid musculoskeletal and other injuries by engaging with their surroundings – drivers, bikers, other walkers and obstacles,” said Dr. Hilibrand. “Many of us simply need to force ourselves to set down our devices and focus on what’s in front of and around us. This will ensure that we safely arrive at our destination, during this busy holiday season and throughout the year.”


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