Scientists discover that texting while walking makes you step funny
WELL NO $#!@, SHERLOCK.
It’s taken a full-blown scientific study to prove that texting and walking aren’t a match made in street heaven. New research has looked into the relationship between mobile phone use and visual behaviour to discover that “users adopt a cautious and exaggerated stepping strategy, which involves lifting their lead foot higher and slower over the obstacle to reduce the risk of tripping”. The study found typing while walking results in bigger adaptations in gait — 18% higher lift of foot and 40% slower than when walking normally — as opposed to when reading and walking. “We found that using a phone means we look less frequently, and for less time, at the ground, but we adapt our visual search behaviour and our style of walking so we’re able to negotiate static obstacles in a safe manner,” said lead author Dr Matthew Timmis.