Beware the Dangers of Multitasking While Walking with Your Smartphone: How It Affects Your Posture, Attention and Balance

Benefits of avoiding cell phone use while walking

The smartphone has become an indispensable tool that most people carry with them wherever they go. Whether it is tucked away in a bag or held firmly in the hands of its users, the smartphone is constantly being used while walking. However, this multitasking behavior not only increases the risk of accidents but also has consequences on our posture, attention, and walking pattern.

Research has shown that using a cell phone while walking alters the natural walking pattern, reducing speed, increasing deviation, and affecting step length and width. The cognitive load of the activity performed on the phone can further modify the walking pattern and slow down reaction times to unexpected events in the environment. This can lead to a less fluid gait and increased risk of tripping or falling.

One noticeable change in body posture when using a smartphone while walking is the bent arm holding the phone and the head tilted forward. This posture affects the natural arm swing that helps stabilize the body and improve balance while walking. The static contraction of the arm and the forward head position can lead to shoulder pain and neck strain due to increased stress on these muscles. Additionally, diverting attention to the phone can lead to changes in

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