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For those who think rubbing their tummies while patting their heads is a difficult task, health experts say there are more risky behaviors out there. One that comes to mind: Texting while walking...and biking, rollerblading, oh, and horseback riding.
It’s a trend that affects everyone from Barack Obama’s adviser, Valerie Jarrett—who suffered a twisted ankle after texting and stumbling off a curb—to a 13-year-old girl who suffered burns after texting while cooking noodles. The American College of Emergency Officials issued a warning this week, asking unconscious texters to be more aware while their thumbs are firing out messages.
A few dangerous incidents include tourists texting while using a Segway, a 16-year-old who got a concussion because he walked into a telephone pole while texting and a 39-year-old man who crashed his bike into a tree while shooting messages to friends. But even more grave situations have resulted in death, as was the case when a man was struck by a car while crossing the street and texting.
There are no hard numbers of injuries related to texting, but the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has received an increased number of reports since 2005. One number that we can throw out there for you, however, is that it only takes about 2 seconds for a texting accident to occur. That’s scary, considering the fact that there were 363 billion text messages sent last year.
We want to know: What texting rules have you set for you and your family? What was your worst texting moment? [MSNBC]