A video of a man talking on a cellphone while walking along a subway platform is making its rounds online, highlighting the dangers of talking or texting on the phone while trying to walk:
This "phenomenon," if you will, called "distracted walking" is becoming a real problem for emergency rooms. A new study has shown that emergency room visits have quadrupled in the past seven years as a result of distracted walkers.
About 1,152 people were treated in hospital in 2011 for injuries they got while walking distracted.
As Forbes points out, there's a good chance the number of injuries treated in hospital is a gross underestimation of the number of people who were actually injured in text-and-walk related incidents.
"People forget that very basic lesson that we all learned in kindergarten: look both ways before you cross the street," Joan Lowy of The Associated Press said in an interview.
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