Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: (New York Times) Distracted walkers are a threat to pedestrians

  1. #1
    Distinguished Community Member agate's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    9,383
    Blog Entries
    38

    Default (New York Times) Distracted walkers are a threat to pedestrians

    Jane E. Brody in the New York Times (December 7) has an interesting article about what seems to be a big problem--people on their cellphones walking around without paying attention to the world around them, especially pedestrians, people using wheelchairs, walkers, or canes, blind people, pets. Anyone who has had collisions with people who are so busy on their cellphones knows how serious this can be.

    Distracted Walkers Pose Threat to Self and Others

    By JANE E. BRODY

    While distracted driving has commanded lots of attention (albeit not a commensurate amount of correction), another digital hazard — distracted walking — is on the rise, with sometimes disastrous consequences.

    We’ve all seen it, and often felt it, as people looking down to text, tweet, read or play games on their smartphones crash into us, typically as we walk in a straight line and they don’t. A study by Eric M. Lamberg and Lisa M. Muratori at Stony Brook University found that distracted walkers veer off course by as much as 61 percent while texting and walking.

    When about to collide with a distracted walker, I used to politely say, “Excuse me,” to get the person’s attention. But I’ve become so annoyed by this behavior that I now harshly proclaim, “Watch where you’re going!” My friends of a certain age are frankly scared that they will be knocked down and injured by a distracted walker.

    Distracted walking is most common among millennials aged 18 to 34, but women 55 and older are most likely to suffer serious injuries, including broken bones, according to a 2013 study in Accident Analysis & Prevention. Visits to emergency rooms for injuries involving distracted pedestrians on cellphones more than doubled between 2004 and 2010 and continues to grow. Among more than 1,000 people hospitalized after texting while walking, injuries included a shattered pelvis and injuries to the back, head and neck.

    According to the National Safety Council, “the rise in cellphone-distracted walking injuries parallels the eightfold increase in cellphone use in the last 15 years.” Although the council found that 52 percent of distracted walking episodes occurred at home, the nationwide uptick in pedestrian deaths resulting from texting while walking has prompted the federal government to offer grants of $2 million to cities to combat distracted walking.

    Accidents among digitally distracted walkers can be as serious as being hit by a vehicle, falling down a flight of stairs, tripping over a curb, walking into a glass door or falling into a fountain or swimming pool. A Brooklyn acquaintance tripped, fell and fractured her ankle, not while talking on her cellphone but when she looked down to put the phone away. And a walking and texting woman from Benton Harbor, Mich., fell off a pier into six feet of cold Lake Michigan water. Although embarrassed by the accident, the woman, who was rescued by a 19-year-old, said she hoped “it would make people understand that texting while walking can be a problem.”

    Alas, most people seem to think the problem involves other people. They’re not the ones who walk distracted. A new survey of some 6,000 people released last week by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, found that while 74 percent said that “other people” were usually or always walking while distracted, only 29 percent said the same about themselves. And only 46 percent considered the behavior “dangerous.”

    Seventy percent of millennials surveyed said they thought distracted walking was a serious issue, compared with 81 percent of those 35 and older. Half the millennials said they considered distracted walking “embarrassing — in a funny way,” which suggests they don’t really think it’s all that serious.

    The survey, conducted for the academy by Ipsos Public Affairs in October, found that among residents in eight major cities, New Yorkers were most likely to consider distracted walking a serious issue (86 percent), but they were also more likely to walk while distracted than those in the seven other cities.

    “I see a lot of folks who were injured when they tripped on a curb, walked into a pothole or were hit by a car they didn’t see, though they rarely admit they were distracted by their phones,” said Dr.Claudette M. Lajam, an orthopedic surgeon at NYU Langone Medical Center and the Hospital for Joint Diseases. “Yet you know many were because when they’re in my office and should be interacting with me, all they’re doing is looking at their phones or answering a call.”

    Her advice: “Look where you’re walking. Look in front of you, not down at your phone.” Peripheral vision can drop to 10 percent of normal when a person is texting or talking on a phone while walking.

    Despite the widespread belief, especially among younger people, that multitasking is both possible and safe, Dr. Lajam echoed the warning issued by a number of experts that “you can’t really pay attention to more than one thing at a time.” That, the experts say, is how the human brain evolved, and to think otherwise is a recipe for disaster.

    Teenagers, however, rarely see it as a problem. Multitasking is central to their world. They talk, text and listen to music all at the same time. Even if not using a smartphone, my 15-year-old grandsons think they can stay tuned to music on noise-blocking headphones, watch for traffic and cross the street at the same time. What, I wonder, might happen if they intersect with a distracted driver?
    ...

    [The orthopedic surgeons academy suggests:]

    ■ When using headphones, keep the volume low enough to be able to hear surrounding traffic.

    ■ Stay focused on the people, objects and obstacles in front of and around you. Window shoppers are especially prone to pedestrian collisions.

    ■ Don’t jaywalk. Use crosswalks, and obey traffic signals. Be especially aware of bicycles coming your way.

    ■ Look ahead of you, not down, when stepping on or off a curb or approaching stairs or escalators.

    ■ Stay alert to vehicles pulling in or out of parking lots, especially in winter months when it gets dark early (to which I would add, wear reflective or at least light-colored outer clothing so drivers and cyclists can see you better).

    ■ If you find it necessary to make or take a call or send a text while walking, stop, step out of the flow of pedestrian and vehicular traffic, and resume walking only when the task is completed.

    My addendum to subway riders: Don’t stop at the top, bottom or in the middle of a stairway to take or make a text or call lest a fellow passenger trip over you.
    MS, diagnosed 1980. Avonex 2001-2004. Copaxone 2006-2009.

  2. The following 7 users say "thanks"


  3. #2
    Distinguished Community Member SalpalSally's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    SWOhio
    Posts
    3,549

    Default

    We MSers pose a threat as well....LOL
    Love, Sally


    "The best way out is always through". Robert Frost







  4. The following 6 users say "thanks"


  5. #3
    Distinguished Community Member agate's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    9,383
    Blog Entries
    38

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by SalpalSally View Post
    This quote is hidden because you are ignoring this member. Show Quote
    We MSers pose a threat as well....LOL
    Yes, but we have no choice as we stagger around or present problems with our walkers or wheelchairs or scooters or canes.

    These people on the phones could keep their phones off while they're in situations involving interacting with real people.

    The world wouldn't come to an end.
    MS, diagnosed 1980. Avonex 2001-2004. Copaxone 2006-2009.


  6. #4
    Distinguished Community Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    1,744
    Blog Entries
    30

    Default

    I see people texting everywhere and they are certainly a danger to themselves and others.
    Mild Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy and bad proprioception.
    My website for my original short films! http://cripvideoproductions.com/astrokeofendurance.php


  7. #5
    Distinguished Community Member renee's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Up-upstate NY where it gets cooooold.
    Posts
    788

    Default

    A young guy walked into me on a small NOLA side street.
    In that N'Awlins way he said. "Sorry babe, my bad. I'm so into my cellphone."

    Cracked me up.
    It's great how anyone will call anyone 'Baby'.
    Love that.


  8. #6
    Distinguished Community Member Frog42's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Massachusetts
    Posts
    1,958

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by renee View Post
    This quote is hidden because you are ignoring this member. Show Quote
    Cracked me up.
    It's great how anyone will call anyone 'Baby'.
    Love that.
    Maybe you should've said, "That's okay 'Grownup'.


    Whatever happens around you, don't take it personally. Nothing other people do is because of you. It is because of themselves. -- Miguel Ruiz

  9. The following 7 users say "thanks"


  10. #7
    Distinguished Community Member SalpalSally's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    SWOhio
    Posts
    3,549

    Default

    Or, no problemo Gramps!
    Love, Sally


    "The best way out is always through". Robert Frost







  11. The following 5 users say "thanks"


  12. #8
    Administrator/SYSOP Mike Weins's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    964
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default

    There was a woman struck by a truck backing out of the parking spot because she was staring at her phone. Luckily she wasn't hurt and the truck wasn't damaged. She sure tore into that poor lady driving though :(
    Question: Why can't I post links or pictures?
    Question: Why can't I have a signature, avatar, or profile picture?
    Question: What's wrong with my account?

    Answer: You are in the "registered users" user group. This group is very limited in what it can do. This will annoy spammers to no end Just keep posting once you have been registered for 30 days and have made 11 posts your account will be "unlocked".

    It's really easy to put someone on ignore and it's strongly recommended that you do so with people who's posts you don't like.

    Step 1 - log in
    Step 2 - click on the "settings" link
    Step 3 - click on the "edit ignore list" link on the left side of the screen
    Step 4 - type (or paste if you copied and pasted it) the username of the person you want to ignore
    Step 5 - click the "ok" button on the right of the screen

    Easy peasy and will lower your blood pressure. One important note though, this won't hide quoted posts. It's an oversight on the developers part and it's not an easy thing to "fix." So if someone quotes someone you have ignored, you'll see the quote.

    Alternatively when you click on a person's name and view their profile page, underneath their avatar, there is a option that says, "Ignore this person". Click that link and then click the yes button.


  13. #9
    Distinguished Community Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2016
    Location
    between a rock & a hard place
    Posts
    187

    Default

    When i an very tired & weak but walking in a serpentine fashion WATCH OUT cause i ain't watching out for pedestrians, I'm just trying to remain mobile.

    "danger" should be my middle name, but then again who cares, right? lol

  14. The following 5 users say "thanks"


  15. #10
    Distinguished Community Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2016
    Location
    between a rock & a hard place
    Posts
    187

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Frog42 View Post
    This quote is hidden because you are ignoring this member. Show Quote
    Maybe you should've said, "That's okay 'Grownup'.


    Good thing i didn't have coffee in my mouth! !!!! Ah luvz it
    The early bird catches the worms~~~~~that means, I wake up early and have worms. lol

    That's my son's words of wisdom to me! ! lol

  16. The following 5 users say "thanks"


Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 07-01-2015, 06:20 AM
  2. Warning of mad cow disease threat to blood transfusions
    By flatfish in forum Creutzfeldt Jakobs Disease (CJD)
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 05-06-2013, 05:38 PM
  3. Terribly Sad Here in Staten Island, New York...
    By Marmar in forum Spinal Disorders
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 11-04-2012, 02:47 AM
  4. Long New York Times article on CCSVI
    By agate in forum Multiple Sclerosis
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 10-28-2012, 11:07 AM
  5. Distracted doctors
    By agate in forum Multiple Sclerosis
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 12-25-2011, 09:29 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  


BTC Inc's Disclaimer and Privacy Policy

The material on this site is for information & support purposes only, and is not a substitute for medical advice provided by a licensed health care provider. Always consult your doctor before trying anything that you find online.