The American College of Emergency Physicians issued an alert this week warning about the dangers of text messaging while involved in other activities such as walking, driving, cooking or horseback riding.
...the American College of Emergency Physicians warns of the danger of more serious accidents involving oblivious texters. The ER doctors cite rising reports from doctors around the country of injuries involving text-messaging pedestrians, bicyclists, Rollerbladers, even motorists.
Most involve scrapes, cuts and sprains from texters who walked into lampposts or walls or tripped over curbs. [Via Yahoo Tech]
I am guilty of texting while walking. I've had a few near misses with a misplaced bookcase, shopping cart, or fruit stand. But I just don't see texting while cooking or on horseback in my future. Had a bad run-in with a bowl of soup a few years ago... my cellphone was never the same.
Some of the worst texting-related accidents happened while people were walking, biking, riding horses, rollerblading, cooking, and driving. Most of the injuries are nothing but cuts and sprains, but there are those who have lost their life because they didn't look both ways when stepping onto a street.
One of the most disturbing stories disclosed by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission was of a 15-year-old girl who suffered head and back injuries after falling of her horse while texting, and another teen burned herself while cooking noodles and texting her boyfriend. Unbelievable! [Via The Techie Diva]
In an article posted on the American College of Emergency Physicians Website, Dr. Matthew Lewin, MD, PhD, an emergency physician at University of California San Francisco Hospital in San Francisco, points out various safety tips for chronic texters:
- Don’t text or use a cell phone while engaged in any physical activities that require sustained attention; such activities include walking, biking, boating, rollerblading or even intermittent-contact sports such as baseball, football or soccer.
- Never text or use a hand-held cell phone while driving or motorcycling, and use caution even with headsets.
- Avoid becoming distracted by rummaging through purses, backpacks or clothing by keeping cell phones and blackberries in easy-to-find locations, such as phone pockets or pouches.
- Ignore the call or message if it might interfere with concentration during critical activities that require attention. Better yet, turn off the device beforehand during times when incoming calls or messages might prove to be a dangerous or even simply embarrassing or annoying interference.
- Be mindful of the distraction and corresponding reflex-response delay that texting can cause, and don’t text in any environments in which excessive inattention can cause safety concerns, such as while sitting alone at night, waiting for a bus, or in a crowded area, where one could easily become a victim of a personal theft.
Are you guilty of texting while occupied in other activities such as walking, baking or biking? Or have you been the victim of an oblivious texter?
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