Texting linked to increase in stumbles

Teens report highest rise in trips, falls

Author: Jennifer Dodd , Reporter, jdodd@ksat.com
Published On: Sep 27 2012 05:35:02 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 27 2012 05:50:48 PM CDT
SAN ANTONIO -

It's one of many changes technology has brought about.

Where we once saw faces looking off into the distance, or perhaps the occasional smile and hello, we now see foreheads, a sea of bowed heads, hands together, usually typing on a mobile device.

Experts believe this could be the reason for a alarming statistic.

According to a study released by Safe Kids Worldwide, in the last five years, injuries among people aged 16 to 19 increased 25 percent.

Experts said the main reason they believe this statistic has gone up so much is from texting and walking.

Dr. Mark Rodkey, a pediatrician with a specialty in emergency medicine, said the severity of injuries varies.

"It might be as simple as walking into a wall or could be as severe as walking into traffic and getting run over by a car," Rodkey said.

But if doctors' orders aren't enough, Rodkey is also a father, and said when it comes to his 12- and 16-year-olds, walking and texting is a don't.

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