Hitting the Wall, Literally

http://https://youtu.be/hjVAC_vpzSIWe joke about not being able to walk and chew gum.
What on earth makes us think we can walk and text?

ABC News recently coined the word
“petextrians,” to describe people who
try to walk and text at the same time,
oblivious to their surroundings. Almost
everyone agrees it’s annoying (when
other people do it) and even dangerous
(ditto). But many of us do it anyway.
How many? Between 2000 and 2011,
an estimated 11,000 injuries involved
distracted walking with cell phones. A
slight majority of these incidents, 52%,
occur at home; however it’s the most
reported workplace injury event. Those
most at risk include college students,
adults under 30, and those whose walking
routes put them near traffic. 2
Evenwhen the total number of pedestrian
injuries dropped, injuries from walking
while using a cell phone more than
doubled over a five-year period. Experts
believe the actual numbers might be
higher than reported, since the injured
may be reluctant to disclose the true
cause of their injuries.
Distracted walking has become such
a problem that, for the first time, the
National Safety Council included cell
phone distracted walking as a cause of
unintentional deaths and injuries in its
2015 Injury Facts Report.
ABC News recently
coined the word
“petextrians,” to
describe people who try
to walk and text at the
same time, oblivious to
their surroundings.
When distracted walking meets Workplace
2.0, employee well-being can suffer.
Workers who operate machinery while
texting or using their smartphones may
injure themselves or others, which may
lead to lost time from work. Employees
who are focused on their devices as they
pass in common corridors may not be as
engaged in their immediate surroundings
and might not see potential hazards like
walls, stairs or co-workers.
As an employer, you may also be
concerned about how distracted walking
affects employee productivity, especially
if you notice employees walking and
talking or texting during business hours.
Distracted walking can be part of a
broader conversation about the use of
mobile devices, personal email, texting
and browsing the Internet during the
workday. Defining official guidelines that
address distracted walking, as part of a
policy on the appropriate use of personal
devices in the workplace, can help define
behavioral boundaries for employees and
reduce distractions.
You can also set a good example. If you
need to take a call or read a text while
you’re walking through the office, simply
step out of the way.


‘Distracted walking: Cell phones increase injury risk for college pedestrians http://www.sciencedirect.com(science!article(pjif

Study: Cell phone-related pedestrian injuries soar

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