University academics discover texting while walking is a potential health risk

But conclusions are still tentative, and more research is needed

Sometimes you wonder why medical research takes so long to catch up with life in the real world, but academics say they have just discovered that “smartphone texting may be linked to compromised pedestrian safety”.

Texting on the road

This tentative conclusion is based on a new meta-analysis of 14 experimental studies, which suggests texting while crossing the road is more dangerous than taking a call or listening to music.

The studies involved 872 subjects who, in most cases, were asked to walk on a treadmill and