Did you hear about the guy that nearly walked into a live bear while texting? Check it out – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmhvdtX72eQ
As texting becomes more and more popular, the number of incidents caused by texting while walking is also rising. People who are too occupied with texting while walking are lending themselves to serious risk or injury. Let’s face it, technology can be a distraction.
Don’t believe it? Just find any crowded downtown metropolis and watch the mayhem. Look at how many people are looking down at their cell phones instead of forward. Still don’t believe it? As reported by an ABC news affiliate in South Bend, Indiana, Bonnie Miller fell six feet into a cold river connected to Lake Michigan as she tried to text and walk along a pier at the same time.
It’s pretty simple to understand that you can’t keep your eyes focused on two different places at once, such as your phone keyboard and where you’re walking. While safety and vigilance is suggested, there are ways to decrease risk for those who insist on walking and texting at the same time.
- Turn your phone camera into a walking guide - There are apps that use your cell phone’s camera as a forward viewer, showing what is in front of the walker, while texting on the phone. (Apps: Road SMS, Type N Walk, Walk Safe, Walk N Write)
- Use your voice to text – There are apps that will turn speech into text on your smart phone. A quick copy and paste from the transcript is safer than individual keystrokes typed into a mobile phone. (Apps: Dragon, ShoutOut, VoiceText).
- Walk with a “wing person” – Walking with a friend while texting allows your friend to be your set of eyes (assuming they too are not texting).
Of course, our best tip of all is to stop walking and texting all together. You can save yourself an injury or the injury of someone else by simply not walking, move out of the way and send a text. It sounds like common sense, but it’s not a common practice.
Just be aware and cautious. Accept the fact this is really happening and practice safe texting (or should we say practice safe walking?). You get the point.
Are you using any of these apps? What has been your experience walking while texting? Do you have a funny story related? What would you recommend to other Page Plus Cellular users?
More texting while walking incidents can be found here – http://www.fiercewireless.com/special-reports/5-worst-walking-and-texting-mishaps?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal