It’s happened again – yet another funny story of someone who got into trouble walking while texting. Earlier this week a man in Glendale, California who was texting while walking almost ran into a bear in an alley. The man turned and ran away, luckily the bear didn’t follow (running away from a bear is NOT recommended).
Note: Those who wish to follow the bear on Twitter, check out @TheGlendaleBear.
Here’s the video showing how it happened:
No bears or people were harmed in the making of this video.
Last month, a woman walked off a pier because she was walking while texting. Another walking texter suffered a bruised ego when she fell into a fountain in a shopping mall while texting and mall security released the video on YouTube. The video went viral and she sued the shopping mall (if she hadn’t sued, people might never have known who she was, but I digress).
Walking while texting is not recommended. A study conducted at Northwestern University showed that walking while texting increases a child’s chances of being hit by a car by 40%. Another study by Stony Brook University showed that people had a 60% deviation from their intended course if they walked while texting.
No matter how much you want to text and walk, each is best done individually.
Let’s say that you really need to walk and text at the same time. How can you make sure you don’t:
a) walk into a fountain
b) fall off a pier or
c) run into a bear?
WalkNText is an app that will help you multi-task safely. The app uses the smartphone’s camera so you can see what’s ahead of you as you type. The keyboard is transparent and superimposed on the screen so you can see ahead of you while you’re typing.
The app works not just for sending texts. If you feel the need to send an email or post on Facebook or Twitter while walking, the app will help you with that as well. After you type your so-important-they-just-can’t-wait thoughts, press the Send key and you will be given a choice of sending it out via SMS (text), Facebook, Twitter or email.
Instead of buying the Walk N Text app, you could use your money to buy this t-shirt, warning others of the dangers of walking and texting:
Don’t walk and text. But if you absolutely have to, make sure you do it as safely as possible by using an app such as WalkNText.
Do you walk and text? Have you ever had a mishap while walking and texting? Have you ever run into a bear while texting? Let us know in the Comments section below!