‘Keep your eyes on the sidewalk and your hands off the phone’ may become the slogan of safety campaigns of the near future.
Between 2004 and 2010, emergency room visits for injuries involving distracted pedestrians using cellphones doubled, according to a 2013 study. Yet, in a new survey, few American pedestrians said they were the source of the problem. Instead, those surveyed suggested the blame mostly falls on the sidetracked, sidewalk-dwellers around them.
It’s not a problem caused by “others,” Alan Hilibrand an orthopedic surgeon, survey coauthor, and spokesperson for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), told Ars. “It’s really all of us.”