Distracted walking widespread at colleges

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

When Nicholas Caviglia drives a Shuttle-UM 104 bus, he said, he sometimes slams on the brakes to avoid hitting students walking across the street as they ignore the crosswalks with eyes glued to their glowing cellphone screens.

“Everyone is kind of distracted these days,” said Caviglia, a senior geology major. “You have to be extra alert.”

A study released by the Pew Research Center in January reported that 53 percent of adult cellphone owners have been involved in a “distracted walking” encounter. What do you think?

For the college-aged demographic, another number arises — 70 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds have been bumped into by someone who was using his or her cellphone while walking.

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