Using your smartphone while walking is significantly changing the way you walk, according to scientists. Researchers at the University of Delaware placed reflective markers on 22 volunteers and asked them to walk on a treadmills with their phones while their movements were monitored. Texts, calls, browsing, whatever!
When they were asked to dial a number they started to walk with a strange, exaggerated stride as if expecting to trip over something. Researchers thought that you unconsciously adopt the posture when using a mobile phone as your brain realizes you are at greater risk of falling over.
Also, last year, the University of Bath asked 30 volunteers to walk through an obstacle course while walking normally; texting and walking; and walking while completing a simple maths test.
They found that volunteers took significantly longer to complete the course while texting and doing the maths test, compared to just walking. Texting decreased step frequency and a person’s ability to walk in a straight line.
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