Walk Facing the Smartphone as Risk Sport

We got it. Human beings have been able to make a trastito that (some more than others) fits in the Palm of our hand a problem when walking down the street, both physical attention. Turns out that our terminals are (or that try to) multi-tasking but we who so are not, to the extent that in New Jersey began to fine pedestrians whose use of the smartphone entail a recklessness.

Is not surprising, in view that it is something that is not going to go to less but opposite a shop in Antwerp (Belgium) open a few days ago an exclusive lane for pedestrians who decide to venture to walk without lifting the view of your phone, reported to have inspired the great number of people that lead to repair their smartphones injured after having collided with someone walking down the street.

The idea is not original, in fact their predecessors date back to last year and, as it could not be otherwise, the idea was born in the United States and China. The National Geographic for its part made his experiment in Washington, D.C., and months later the Chinese city of Chongqing was beyond and built a small dual carriageway from 50 metres as a striking and ironic way of remembering the pedestrians the chaotic who might be walking without lifting the tab.

Is not new: the numbers already told

In mid-2012 the of Pew Research updated his study in relation to accidents due to not raise the screen. The results showed that 23% around of 2,000 people surveyed were It had collided with something (object or person) for this reason, which was one 17% increase with respect to the results obtained in their previous study in May 2010.

A way to confirm what already is perceived without any study, simply walking down the street with figures and observe for a few minutes our around. In fact, that would probably see is that the crash occurs because both watching their screens without fixing anything else, since 50% of the interviewees claimed that someone had collided against them by go looking mobile.

Combining the data of those who “attack” and the “embestidos”, is that 53% have been causing and receiving at the same time one of these incidental meetings. Even taking into account that the limited in these studies, these percentages show to what extent can leave the terminal screen we abstract to traffic regulations. Something indeed tried to represent those of NTT Docomo in this animation:

If we look at the results by age bands, we see that the sector with more impact is the population aged 18-24. In this case the half of the interviewees collided with something or someone by not push the phone while up to 70% of the younger users of the study claimed to have been beaten by people distracted in excess.

Pew Research also turned attention to the phone type and the possible nuances with respect to the area of the city, with intention to test whether more incidence there were in the city centre which in less populated areas. As you might imagine, Smartphone users they were 32% more likely to have one of these shocks to users of dumbphones. But, contrary to what seems to occur with this factor and the age, the fact of living in an urban, suburban or rural area hardly influences the probability.

Not a fashion without your Word

I could not spend much time after establishing a custom related technology unless it was named, and the case that concerns us is no exception. Although refers to absolute evasion we suffer when we turn our attention to what contains our smartphone screen, already in 2007 appeared the word phubbing by the combination of the words in English “phone” (phone) and “snubbing” (bother), by the obviously upset that this attitude is if we are recipients of the same.

Cases of tendinitis, spasms and pain and tension in the neck have increased to 32% in relation to the use of electronic devices

“Neologisms” part, as any abuse this has consequences in our day to day to affect our health. The fact that even go down the street like a horse with blinders looking at our terminal implies a bad position during long times. Last year we learned that cases of tendinitis, spasms and pain and tension in the neck had increased to 32% in relation to an abusive use of electronic devices (comprising, in addition to smartphones, tablets, music players, video games or computers keyboards).

Thus, in addition to the neck, another troubled part of the abusive use of our devices are dolls. If the case published The Lancet in reference to a patient who complained of a severe pain in both wrists you spend 6 hours non-stop writing on your mobile, It is logical that you get to cause thumb tendinitis. The fact was reported to the media anecdotally as WhatsAppitis since it was the app that remained engrossed until the injury to the patient, even if it had been any other messaging or social network app.

When is the risk

according to Insidewatch.net,Although these obstacles to which we have referred are harmless and anecdotal, there are others that if were a real danger or at least a painful incident for their protagonists, as the woman who He fell in a shopping mall fountain distracted as I watched your phone (whose video, now censored was viralizó until you reach the million and a half visitors in a week) or the case of the Australian requiring to be rescued in a port of Melbourne by not seeing the end of the pier, but your Facebook Wall.

At the moment, proposals which we have mentioned Rails to power walk giving free rein to our phubbing are rather they seek to be a claim Apart from the actual usefulness (China has finished making the times photocall). We will see if joke with this or other ideas of style become part of cities in the future, and if the hypnosis that he sometimes appears submit us our devices screen ends up becoming something to take into account by rescue teams, already for the authorities.