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That smartphone in your hand changes how you walk

That smartphone in your hand changes how you walk

Spend time on any crowded sidewalk and you’ll see heads bent over and eyes cast downward. One recent study of college students found that one-quarter of people crossing intersections were glued to a device. “I don’t think people are aware of how much they’re distracted and how much their situational awareness changes when they’re walking and using a phone,” said Wayne Giang, an assistant professor of engineering at the University of Florida who has examined the link between phone use and walking injuries. Indeed, our devices can cause what some experts call “inattentional blindness.” One...

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