The Effect of Attention: Walking while Texting
Studies have indicated that individuals who use mobile phones while performing other tasks risk been injured. As a result of reduced situational awareness and distracted attention caused by the use of mobile phones. This study dealt with the effect the use of mobile phones has on attention while walking especially in an unfamiliar route. Given the evidence of distracted attention and possible accidents among individuals using mobile phones while performing other tasks, this study sought to discover whether attention while walking would be inferred with texting on a mobile phone, especially while walking in an unfamiliar route. Participants were told to walk on a designated route in which two conditions were given - walking and texting, and walking only. The data was collected, and the mean scores were compared. The results showed that it took participants a longer time to walk and text than it took the participants to walk only. The result of the experiment supports the hypothesis that attention while walking is inferred with use of mobile phones, especially while walking in an unfamiliar route.
According to the International Telecoms Union, mobile phone subscriptions were over 7 billion early in 2014. This is as a result of the current 6.8 billion mobile subscriptions of the total 7.1 billion population of the world (BBC News, 2013). The use of mobile phones has evolved and is much more than a means of communication. The use of mobile phones has now advanced from its initial purpose which was to receive and make calls. Mobile phones are now used for navigating, taking pictures, browsing the internet, playing games, sending and receiving emails, and social networking. (Arthur, 2013)
The development in the utilization of mobile phones has however brought about concerns such as exposure to radiation and accidents caused by distractions of using a mobile phone while performing other tasks like...