We’re all glued to our phones most of the time and research shows that on account of this we miss out on so many important things in life. There’s so much going on in the real life, so many experiences we miss, so many interactions we never make – all because our heads are tilted down.
Here’s a list of the 4 things we cannot do properly when we’re on the phone:
1) Notice the hazard signs while driving
Even if we’re using a hands free phone our attention is divided and we’re more likely to miss the hazard signs even when they’re straight in front of us. This leads to an increase in accident risk by 4 times and significantly increased stopping distances. That’s because we need to split our attention between talking on the phone and driving and it interferes with our ability to do either one of those things properly.
2) Safely cross the road
Statistics show that pedestrians that talk on the phone while crossing the road are at a higher risk of getting injured. They aren’t as quick as they would be if they weren’t phoning, they walk slower and make decisions slower, all of which contributes to this increased risk of getting hit by a car.
There was a study conducted on the topic in which pedestrians on a phone simulated crossing the road. The results were that the pedestrians safely crossed the road in 84% of the time.
3) Choose the most direct path home
People who talk on the phone while walking tend to change the way they walk and this has a direct influence on their route as well as on the things they notice around them. These individuals are usually unaware of the people around them, can easily get in their way, walk slower than usually, shift directions and take longer to reach their destination.
One study looked at the subjects’ posture while walking to and from a known destination. When compared to regular, undistracted pedestrians, the subjects that were using their phone while walking walked slower, shifted directions and took longer to get to their destination.
4) Notice advertisements along the way
Phone-users can barely remember anything they’ve passed by along their way. It’s not that they don’t see them, they look at advertisements and signs but it’s just that they don’t remember seeing them afterwards because they were distracted by the conversation.
Using the phone all the time can be both dangerous and socially distracting, as phone addicts tend to miss out on so many things happening around them. What’s even more terrifying is that they aren’t even aware of how many important things and events they miss because of this nasty habit.
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