Smartphones make us walk funny

Using a smartphone while you’re walking can mess with your gait, slow you down, and poison your mood. And that’s before you trip and fall. — Reuters

SPEND time on any crowded sidewalk and you’ll see heads bent over and eyes cast downward. One recent study of college students found that one-quarter of people crossing intersections were glued to a device.

“I don’t think people are aware of how much they’re distracted and how much their situational awareness changes when they’re walking and using a phone,” said Wayne Giang, an assistant professor of engineering at the University of Florida who has examined the link between phone use and walking injuries.

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