Causes of Distracted Walking
Interestingly, the rise in distracted walking accidents has occurred at the same time the US experienced an increase in smartphone usage. Millennials between the ages of 18 and 34 are more likely to engage in common distracted walking behaviors. What might be surprising, though, is that evidence indicates women ages 55 and older are the most likely to suffer serious injuries.
While one may suspect that smartphone use contributes to this trend, it is by no means the only cause of inattentiveness while walking. Other possible causes of distracted walking may include personal problems, deadline focus, or complacency.
Common Risks Associated With Distracted Walking
Common injuries pedestrians risk when they engage in distracted walking include
- Sprains and strains
- Fractured or broken bones
Many people believe themselves to be the exception when it comes to distracted walking. However, a study by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons found that 75 percent of respondents said that “other people” walk around distracted, while only 29 percent admitted to being guilty themselves. Moreover, only 46 percent of these considered their behavior “dangerous.”
There is scientific evidence suggesting that no one can truly multitask and people can only give their full mental attention to one thing at a time. Trying to keep track of more than one activity or thought process leaves you switching focus constantly and your brain playing catch-up.