390 DISTRACTED WALKING IS AN ACTUAL PUBLIC HEALTH CONCERN

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You’ve probably done it once or twice—snapped a photo, or sent a quick text, while walking. Chances are, nothing happened. But recently, one incident turned tragic. Thirty-three-year-old Joshua Burwell was likely taking a photo with his cell phone before falling to his death last week at San Diego’s Sunset Cliffs. His death has drawn attention to distracted walking, the increasingly common practice of walking while staring at an electronic device such as a smartphone or tablet, as CBS News reports.

As cell phones have become more popular in recent years, the incidence of injuries related to distracted walking has risen. In 2010, more than 1,500 people were treated in emergency rooms because of distracted walking, according to a 2013 report from Ohio State University. The number has increased six fold between 2005 and 2010. Some tragic cases, like Burwell’s, have resulted in death.


I – Word Understanding

distracted walking – doing other things while walking (texting, gaming, talking, surfing
the net, listening to headphones)
six fold – six times (as many)

II – Have Your Say
Distraction is defined as something that makes it difficult to think or pay attention. Do you think modern technology is creating a culture of distraction? Let’s take a look at some examples:
– distracted walking
– distracted driving
– distracted sleep

2. Although many people know that distracted walking, distracted driving and distracted sleeping are health and safety issues, they’re having trouble quitting the habit. Please give your comments on the following suggestions to combat distraction. Also provide other suggestions if you have any.

390 DISTRACTED WALKING IS AN ACTUAL PUBLIC HEALTH CONCERN

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