According to a study by the University of Washington's Injury Prevention Centre, researchers "secretly watched 1102 people crossing the street at '20 high-risk intersections during ... randomly assigned time windows,'" and determined that nearly one third of all pedestrians were distracted by their smartphone.
29.8 percent (nearly one third) of all pedestrians "performed a distracting activity while crossing." That further broke down to 6.2 percent talking on the phone, 11.2 percent listening to music (how did the researchers know it was music?) and 7.3 percent texting (how did they know they weren't playing a game or looking at Instagram or just wistfully rereading old texts from lovers past?). In any case, it's a lot of distracted people at busy intersections.
Also interesting but not unexpected, people texting took 18 percent more time than undistracted people to cross. The texting people were also almost four times more likely to disobey signals or to not look both ways.
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