Texting while walking–
As the video showed, clearly walking and texting can be dangerous. Even though the woman wasn’t physically hurt, she commented that she could have been walking into a bus or a ditch, which is clearly more dangerous than just a mall fountain.
I’m guilty of texting while walking. In all honesty, I don’t know who isn’t. We are so attached to our phones we all text, tweet and update Facebook, all while walking from one place to the next. I’ve never seen anyone walk into a pole, a door… or a fountain while walking and texting, but I have seen people walk into other people.
I don’t think banning texting while walking, or even fining, is worth the hassle. Who is going to enforce this ban/fine? Police? I’d much rather the police pay attention to other things instead of me walking and texting. I see why some may feel the need to ban/fine texting while walking, I just don’t think it’s worth it.
However, I do think it’s incredibly important to see and understand the dangerous situations we put ourselves in while texting and walking. We are often reminded of how dangerous texting and driving is with billboards and commercials and even GSU started the “txl8er” campaign. If there were more PSA type announcements out there showing people, or even telling people, the dangers of texting while walking, it may strike a chord with someone and possibly save a life. Common sense says to not walk across the street while texting, but I’m sure someone, somewhere has done it.
We all become absent-minded when using technology. We get so drawn in and focused on our iPhone that we kind of zone out of miss half of what is going on around us. Now that I’ve seen that video and actually thought about the dangers that could come from texting while walking, I plan to make a more conscious effort to wait until I get to my car or to class, or wherever I’m going.