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Beware of textwalking

It seems using a mobile phone is becoming increasingly dangerous in today’s world.

The latest peril surrounding this device is text collisions.

In the Belgian city of Antwerp, a mobile phone repair shop has set up “text walking lanes” for people to use when they are trying to type messages on their phones. The shop reports numerous incidents of broken phones from people colliding with others whilst looking down at their handset, and hopes the dedicated lanes will reduce the number of accidents.

A spokesperson for the shop Mlab told Yahoo: “Everyone ‘textwalks’. You probably walk through the streets while texting or sending Whatsapp messages to your friends and don’t really pay attention to your surroundings – only to whatever is happening on your screen.

“This causes collisions with poles or other pedestrians. You could, unknowingly, even be endangering your own life while you ‘textwalk’ when you cross the street without looking up.”

I, for one, have definitely found myself staggering dangerously into the path of others whilst trying to send or read that all important message on my phone, so maybe this lane isn’t such a whacky idea as it first sounds.

The text collision danger follows controversy surrounding the hazards involved in selfie sticks.

These popular mobile phone accessories have been banned by museums all over the world after being considered a danger to both the exhibits and other visitors.

On a more serious note, the NHS reports one of the main dangers involved with mobile phone usage is trying to use your phone whilst driving. Statistics report you are four times more likely to have a road traffic accident if you are using a hand-held mobile phone while driving or riding a motorbike. This is illegal in the UK for that very reason.–brussels-for-unobservant-smartphone-users-154508612.html#vLSfPzH


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