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L.I. Expert Sounds Warning About Walking And Texting

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Man walking with cell phone in New York City (file / credit: KIMIHIRO HOSHINO/AFP/Getty Images)

Man walking with cell phone in New York City (file / credit: KIMIHIRO HOSHINO/AFP/Getty Images)

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STONY BROOK, NY (CBSNewYork) - Do you think you can do it – walk in a straight line while texting? A group of 20-year-olds participating in a study at Stony Brook University thought they could.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall On The Story

“They were asked to walk a straight line to a specific area. They thought they were doing a wonderful job getting there. In fact, they weren’t able to get there. It’s quite surprising how far off they were, especially when they were texting,” said professor Lisa Muratori.

Muratori said the problem when you text or even talk on a cell phone, the brain does not use the walking part of the memory properly.

“People think of walking as such an automatic behavior. We actually use memory and attention to make sure that when we walk, we walk safely,” Muratori told WCBS 880 reporter Sophia Hall on Thursday.

Dangers for those texting while walking include missing curbs and falling, or even walking into the street without looking.

Do you walk and text? Have you had an accident? Share your story in the comments section below!

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