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04/21/2014
Everyone knows those people. You can't sit at a table with them and chat because, when it is your turn to talk, their head is in their smartphone. 

Distracted interaction of all sorts is insulting, but distracted walking has become downright dangerous. 

People have fallen off piers, fallen into fountains, walked into oncoming traffic. According to CBS News, on city streets, in suburban parking lots and in shopping centers, there are usually people strolling while talking on a phone, or a person texting with his head down, listening to music, or playing a video game. The problem isn't as widely discussed as distracted driving, but the danger is real. 

An Ohio State University study shows that thousands of distracted people are treated in emergency rooms each year, and the number is growing. Distracted walking has become such a problem that cities are taking steps to stop it. 

In Portland, Ore., the TriMet transit agency is installing flashing lights on its buses or having them issue audio warnings -- "Bus is turning!" -- as officials search for the most effective way to wake up pedestrians.


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