Man on the Edge: Ban All Texting?
A perfect example of just how distracting texting can be: a woman in a Pennsylvania mall got so wrapped up that she walked straight into a fountain, and fell right in. Believe it or not, she's not alone. A study in Seattle found that people are 4 times less likely to look both ways before crossing a busy street if they're texting. They also spend an additional 2 seconds in the crosswalk... if they even get to the crosswalk, that is, since most text-walkers cross at the wrong places and don't obey traffic lights. Nationwide, in fact, at least 11 hundred people went to the emergency room last year thanks to accidents they had while text-walking. And that number could well be higher, since these figures rely on self-reporting, and who wants to admit to something that embarrassing?
The state of North Carolina, along with plenty of others, has already banned texting while driving because it's too dangerous. So if even walking and texting is fraught with so much peril, maybe we should just outlaw texting all together?
Our Man on the Edge hit the streets--phone free--to see if you'd support a ban.
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