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Reduce Risk of Injury While Texting and Walking

If you spend a lot of time on your cell phone or a blackberry, then you no doubt walk and text at the same time, you probably don’t even think twice about it.

And researchers say that’s the problem.

It happens because the two tasks are competing for our brain’s attention say researchers at New York's Stony Brook University.

They found during a controlled study even the most adept texters weren't aware of where they’re going.

Veering off course even slightly may not seem like a big deal but hospitals report a growing number of injuries from texting and walking from chin scrapes to broken bones.

Rexford Idaho recently passed a law banning texting in the street.

In London they tried padding lampposts.

There's even a new texting app that actually shows the ground below.

Researchers say we are figuring it out but for now many of us are out of step with the world around us.


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