There is an increasing amount of evidence that texting while walking can be just as hazardous as texting while behind the wheel. Unfortunately, the dangers of these practices are very often brushed aside, and many pedestrians seem fine with reading and sending text messages while they walk, even if they wouldn't do this while they drive. A new study finds that texting while walking significantly increases accident and injury risks, because it impacts the way the person walks.
The new research was conducted by Australian researchers, and the findings were published in the Journal PLOS One. In the study, the researchers analyzed the walking gait of 26 young men. These men were made to walk approximately 27 feet more than once. The first time they walked and read text messages, the second time while writing text messages, and the third time without any distractions.