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Hey, I’m not texting. I’m Tweeting.

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UPDATE 8:41AM: Headline change

Yesterday, I noticed @MDOT_Traverse posted some multimodal advice:

Reminded me–there’s a Youtube video for the walk and text in all of us.

by  for the NYTimes

The consideration of those around you is always the issue, regardless of who you are and what mode you are in. Of course, there is only one mode in the driving, walking, and biking (LMB) mix that threatens people’s safety daily and kills to the tune of over 1.3 million globally per year (WHO).

Of course, why worry about deaths across the globe when you can worry about your own a star of Glee.

by  at www.stoptextsstopwrecks.org

Have a very nice Wednesday–texting, tweeting, or whatever it is you’re doing.

What say you? Is texting while walking dangerous?

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  1. September 12, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Yes, texting while walking is quite dangerous. But I have a bigger issue with people that are jogging or riding their bikes with headphones on. I am a full-time bike commuter and there is nothing that I find more aggravating than coming up behind another biker and ringing my bell and announcing myself only to get yelled at because they did not know I was behind them.

  2. me
    September 12, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    It’s all psychological. I think people are more irritated by the involvement with others via the phone than in paying attention to them (strangers even!). I can’t tell you how many dirty looks, snide remarks and general huffiness I get in stores when I’m looking at my shopping list which I’ve entered into my phone. The same doesn’t happen if I write the list down on a small piece of paper and refer to that while I’m walking around the store…even though my behavior is exactly the same in either case! People act like they have a right to be jerks because they think I’m texting. Even if I were, they don’t.

  3. me
    September 12, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Well why don’t you slow down and share the trail, John? You can see they are out there enjoying some exercise while listing to music, a book, a speech or whatever so of course they aren’t going to hear your bell. That’s far less irritating than people standing on the trail, taking up the entire thing, talking with each other and looking right at you while you ring the bell and still refusing to move.

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