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(WTOP)   Across the nation, "distracted walkers" -- pedestrians too absorbed in their cellphones to see what's going on around them -- are being injured at alarming rates. Sounds like Darwin's going to need to hire some help   ( wtop.com) divider line
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2012-07-30 01:36:44 PM  
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dropdead: And yet two or three times a week I have to deal with drivers don't understand how yield sign's, crosswalks and red lights work.

If you think that's bad, imagine dealing with people that don't understand how apostrophes work.
2012-07-30 12:30:56 PM  
5 votes:
I'm typing this into the Fark app while walking, so I'm getting a -FARK, WHO PUT A POST THERE? JESUS
2012-07-30 11:05:57 PM  
2 votes:
I just recently realized that you can stare at the boobs of a texting woman without her noticing.
2012-07-30 01:10:35 PM  
2 votes:
So I'm guilty of almost winning a Darwin Award this way.

I was crossing a street while looking at my phone. The light had just turned red but I failed to notice the SUV that was hellbent on beating it. He was also on his cellphone. I got struck and tossed 15 ft, but I still maintained a death clutch on my cellphone as I was cartwheeling through the air.
2012-07-30 11:59:55 AM  
2 votes:
Across the nation, "distracted walkers speed bumps" -- pedestrians too absorbed in their cellphones to see what's going on around them -- are being injured at alarming rates.

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2012-07-30 06:30:54 PM  
1 vote:
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Hang up and walk.
2012-07-30 02:33:19 PM  
1 vote:
Whenever I'm walking with my (wise-ass) kid, he waits until I start using my phone and then subtly edges me over toward the next obstacle in our path. He's really good at it- I've smacked right into poles twice because of him.

Also, yesterday I nearly got to be the "car" in a "car-vs-ped" crash when some stupid college student decided that her phone was more important than the red light. Luckily, I pay extra special attention at that intersection. It's the main crossing from the campus into the downtown area. There's always some idiot or asshat who either forgets about oncoming traffic or thinks he/she doesn't have to obey the crossing signs. And when I'M crossing at that intersection, I'm extra super vigilant because there's always some driver who gets distracted by girls in yoga pants and forgets that when pedestrians are in the crosswalk (legally or out of stupidity), they're supposed to be avoided.
2012-07-30 01:57:13 PM  
1 vote:
Tell me about it.

I'm walking along, innocently reading my Kindle and then a whole bunch of cellphone users listlessly dithering over their tiny Chicklet(TM) keyboards get in my way. They are the worst.

Mind you cyclists are dangerous at any speed, on the sidewalk or off. You never know when one will be sent flying by a car in a tangle of aluminum, graphite or titanium. They could hit you hard, even if they're in the traffic, where they belong on their speeding, wobbly, zig-zagging machines.

Pedestrians are not much better.

As a rule I try to be a safe reader and:

* avoid reading while crossing the road on the theory that the a-holes in the cars don't stop for pedestrians, even at cross-walks
* avoid stationary obstacles such as poles, mailboxes, cellphone users, and parked cars by looking up frequently
* avoid reading when there are unpredictable mobile obstacles such as cellphone walkers, pedestrians, bicycles, dogs, etc.

In short, it is impossible to read Marcel Proust while walking safely anywhere than on a flowery country lane with the buckthorn in bloom. His sentences are frequently more than a city block long.

You have to stick to short aphoristic texts that don't demand a lot of attention. Terry Pratchett novels are fine. Most of his jokes are one sentence or a short paragraph. You can look up and down constantly while reading a Pratchett novel without losing your place and it's not so bad if you have to read the same bit over again.

I find that it is safer to walk with a book than it is to walk without one. You walk slower and pay more attention. Everybody else passes you slower and most pay more attention. You can actually social engineer people with a book.

If worse comes to worse, you can hit people with a book. Try that with a dinky little cellphone!

I think Chicklet keys on cellphones should be repalced with little pits and a stylus. You would "type" by stabbing the stylus into the tiny pits. The entertainment value of people stabbing themselves with stilleto-sharp styluses would be great. Also, you could make the keyboards even smaller and harder to see. The only problem is that angry and embarassed cellphone users would get all stabby. But the entertainment value might be worth it.
2012-07-30 01:23:26 PM  
1 vote:
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2012-07-30 12:59:12 PM  
1 vote:
There nothing like going out for a stroll, texting a friend and OH MY GOD A BEAR!
2012-07-30 12:39:51 PM  
1 vote:
Distracted walking? There's an App for that.
2012-07-30 12:38:22 PM  
1 vote:
I once watched a guy engrossed with his cell phone walk right into a fire hydrant and tumble onto his face.

My only regret is that I didn't point and laugh with more enthusiasm.
2012-07-30 12:32:58 PM  
1 vote:
"Across the nation, "distracted walkers" -- pedestrians too absorbed in their cellphones to see what's going on around them -- are being injured at alarming hilarious rates."
2012-07-30 12:32:20 PM  
1 vote:
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Did someone say "distracted walker?"
2012-07-30 12:31:27 PM  
1 vote:
Previously, on AMC's the Walking Distracted...
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