Don't Walk & Text

I recently read a funny (yet serious) article about texting injuries. The article discussed a new trend of texting-related injuries, ranging from scrapes to concussions to even a couple reported deaths. Apparently texting and walking (not to mention biking, horseback riding, cooking, and driving) do not mix well.

This is an important message for Koreans, who I've noticed are text-crazy. While dining with Korean friends, I've noticed cell phones are placed on the table for easy access. It's common (and apparently acceptable) to message others while out for dinner. Even at work, teachers are non-stop texting during breaks. Do I even mention those times when I hear people receiving texts on the toilet? I mean really, take a break!

And with all that texting, add in some ridiculous Korean driving and you have a potential disaster. Sidewalks here in the city double as parking lots and express delivery lanes, which can make just walking home from work a challenging task. Not to mention the brick sidewalks, as pretty as they are, add an extra danger for those of us who don't like to lift our feet up very high when we walk and thus trip over the corners more frequently than one would like to admit. Really, it's not so hard to see just how dangerous walking and texting in Seoul can be.

A much safer alternative: texting on the subway (photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/marc_smith/5166351572)

A much safer alternative: texting on the subway (photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/marc_smith/5166351572)