Emerging risks: Is it dangerous to use a mobile while walking?

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One in three pedestrians cross the street using a mobile phone, many unaware of the dangers that this entails. This is the conclusion reached by a study conducted in the United States that analysed the habits of some 1,000 people in 20 different streets of Seattle.

The study showed that people who write an SMS or WhatsApp (known as Texting) are four times more likely to ignore the red light when crossing or not check both sides of the street before crossing. Additionally, these people take nearly two more seconds to cross an intersection than the average pedestrian.

Perhaps that is why the City Council of San Javier in Murcia, have decided to install some curious and innovative signs to alert mobile abuse in public:

According to what they claim in San Javier, in the United States last year, 4,000 people died as a result, and more than 60,000 pedestrians were injured by the lack of attention to walking, so the issue is not trivial.

I recently read an article in The Confidential that popular beliefs about dangerous attitudes or actions that can end our lives are totally divorced from reality. The statistics on accidental deaths show that we are afraid of what things that will not likely kill us, like a terrorist attack, a plane crash or an attack by a wild animal, while we feel safe in situations where we are more likely to die, such as crossing a crosswalk. Which is reflected in a new study from the U.S.

The lack of perspective on the dangers lurking in our everyday life increases the chances that any of us can suffer these accidents, which also have begun to occur in companies. These situations are more and more frequent in the workplace, a part from the work that are in the public, which represents a huge discourtesy to the client.

That is why it is recommended to address this routine that makes us so vulnerable and take preventive measures to avoid any distractions that can be fatal.

The New York Times last year regaled us with this great video on how to use your mobile safely on the street: 


The video is based on 3 principles:

  • Understand the danger: Be aware that the danger is there and is real (I myself have almost bumped into people a few times reading emails on the street). Using a mobile while walking turns the rest of the world into a blind spot.
  • Do not stop abruptly: Consider the other pedestrians. If we stop abruptly, we force the other people to dodge us, a fact that may cause accidents, besides being disrespectful.
  • Stop to write: It is the best solution according to the video.

We propose another solution: using Google Glass or a similar devices:


Do you think this may be the solution or will it add more problems?

Would it be an exaggeration for prevention plans to reflect these risks?



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