Friday, March 28, 2008

Texting and Walking: Dangerous Mix

I found this article very interesting.

Friday, Mar. 21, 2008 By HILARY HYLTON

Pedestrians walk past padded lamp posts in Brick Lane in London. The padded lamp posts have been introduced to combat the 6.5 million street injuries that occur from walking and texting each year.

You might call it an avocational hazard.

A recent ITN News video in the UK shows that some London pedestrians have become so preoccupied with emailing and text messaging on their BlackBerrys and cell phones, that they can't make it down a city block without crashing into lampposts or trash bins.

One of the most hazardous streets for "walking while texting," according to the Monty Python–esque video clip, is East London's busy Brick Lane, lined with trendy boutiques and curry shops, where people have been filmed walking head down, ricocheting off various stationary sidewalk objects.

The solution?

Wrap Brick Lane's lampposts with fluffy, white rugby goalpost cushions.

Keep your head up....
Have a great weekend!
~xo Lee Ann


RaBadBoy said...

I'm first! Most Londoners (and English folk in general!) are extremely thick due to the lead pollution. They walk into things even when they're not texting. Fortunately, I leave all that mobile phone stuff to Captain Kirk. Have a great weekend! Hotboy

Paul said...

That is so ridiculous it's hilarious.

Seamus said...

HA! The collapse of civilization as we know it! ;)

~gkw said...

Silly.... People can't do anything without their cell phones anymore.. hold on.... I've got a text message coming through!

Menzies Milngavie III said...

I say!

I hate to think what will happen when the craze reaches Malawi, if it ever does. People will walk straight into hippos and crocodiles.

Have a lovely weekend, Lee Ann.


JLee said...

That's not as bad as people texting while driving! *shudder*

BeckEye said...

They need to do something about that here in NYC. Or some day I will give in to my urge to just start kicking those idiots in the shins.

They're not as bad as the people who stop in the middle of the steps going into the subway to finish their phone conversation though.

jiggs said...

i do that eyes darting up and down thing when I walk and text so that I don't get hit by a car.

Saur♥Kraut said...

That is amazing. I can't believe the government thinks it needs to protect people from themselves to this extent. I wonder when OUR government is going to jump on the bandwagon. :P

rob said...

LMAO! You find some great stuff Lee Ann.

Rastaman said...

Ima worried for myself ... texting while driving can be hazardous to my health ... and there is absolutely no need of it!!! Ima change my behavior right now!

Peace and hugs to you Babygirl!

~ Rasta

Amorous Rocker said...

What the? Lol. How peculiar. I'd just keep letting them walk in to polls and such. If they didn't learn to pay attention after the first time, oh well. That is funny though. Thanks for the laugh. ;)