Science & Technology

YouTube Shares in the Making: Increase in Walking While Texting Injuries

Agency claims more than 1,100 seek treatment over accidents involving handhelds.


One woman walked off a pier while texting.  Another strolled into a water fountain.  Americans continue to flirt with death as their love affair with smartphones and other electronic devices flourishes, a government agency says.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 1,150 people — a number that has quadrupled in the last seven years — were treated in emergency rooms in the United States last year after accidents with handhelds.