Years ago, Monty Python had a sketch called, the Ministry of Silly Walks, showcasing in a funny way various...well...walks.
Now researchers at the University of Bath (in England) and the University of Texas asked thirty participants, all between 18 and 50 years old, to walk around a specially designed obstacle course while attempting to text. "Texting – or checking social media or watching a video – while walking causes people to walk in a special movement pattern that protects them from accidents, according to a new study.
People who look at their phones while they walk subconsciously "shorten their step length, reduce step frequency, lengthen the time during which both feet are in contact with the ground and increase obstacle clearance height."
Also researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia, found that smartphone use while walking makes people more likely to dawdle, weave, and possibly lose their balance.