Thursday, January 23, 2014

Not being present - or dangers of walking texting

"It's clear that texting impairs our ability to walk. If it didn't, we wouldn't have so many war stories of walking into trees/each other/street lights/stationary objects...."
"We walk much slower when handling a cell phone (even more so while texting than reading), and we're not very good at sticking to a straight line. Not surprisingly, we tend to keep our heads down, our necks immobile, and our arms locked at our sides. We don't swing our arms, which can be a crucial part of staying balanced while moving.
Overall, we behave in a way that tries to optimize typing rather than walking, that's more geared toward keeping that little screen stable in our field of vision than keeping ourselves stable."
For the rest of the article and linked studies see:
If this occurs while walking, what occurs if we text while driving? 
Or any other "while" in our life?
Do you have any experience with this?
What is skillful and appropriate?

Do you "use" texting or does texting "use" you?

What is being "used" ? What is "using"?

(c) 2014 Elihu Genmyo Smith