Thursday, October 22, 2009

Thou canst not walk straight, nor canst thou see clowns

From Western Washington University comes still more evidence that cell phone conversations are so distracting that people are effectively blind to their surroundings, and their ability to perform simple tasks like walking is impaired. This, of course, has huge implications for the use of phones in cars, including hands-free setups.

Researchers watched hundreds of people as they crossed a university campus. Cell phone users meandered randomly, and failed to acknowledge other pedestrians. Three quarters of them also failed to notice a unicycle-riding clown with a purple and yellow shirt, outsized shoes, and a giant red nose.

They noted that most people walking together while chatting with each other were not similarly affected, so phones seem to be the cause of the “attentional blindness”.

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