You’re Probably Not As Good at Texting and Walking As You Think You Are
With social-media-induced FOMO and toxic work environments that can make you feel like you need to be plugged in 24/7, it can feel impossible to tear yourself away from your mobile phone. Though burnout and addiction are very real dangers that come with digital devices, using them while on the go can present another problem: your physical safety. In fact, mobile phones are at the heart of recent research and a brand new Hawaiian law — both of which remind us that there’s definitely a time and a place for pulling out a device.
Honolulu, Hawaii recently became the first major American city to ban texting and walking after passing the Distracted Walking Law, which will go into effect on October 25, 2017. The new law prohibits people from stepping into an intersection while looking at a device screen, which includes cameras, tablets, mobile phones, and video games. A distracted walking violation *won’t* apply to anyone making an emergency call, or texting and/or listening to audio on the sidewalk. Penalties for legit distracted walking in Honolulu will begin at $15-35 for a first-time offender but can be as high as $99 for someone who repeatedly violates the law.
Sounds totally crazy? You might change your mind when you learn that mobile phone use in the US has skyrocketed from a mere 340,000 mobile phone owners in 1985 to a jaw-dropping 303 million in 2010. A recent study shows that more than three-fifths of Americans say they use their phone while on the go, while Reuters reports that there were more than 11,000 injuries in the US from 2000-2011 caused by distraction from using a mobile phone while walking. Pretty awful.
The study further proves the impact of distracted walking too. To learn more, researchers investigated how using a mobile phone affects where people look (AKA “visual search behavior”), how they move around hazards in their walking path, and how they adapt to changes in surface height along their path. 21 men and women between the ages of 25 and 31 wore eye trackers and sensors to analyze their motion while walking and writing a text, reading a text, talking on the phone, and without using a mobile phone. Recording definite differences in participants’ direction, speed, and awareness while using a mobile phone, the results demonstrate that people walk slower, move away from a straight line and change direction more, and have reduced situation awareness and/or unintentional blindness. People also used a “cautious stepping strategy,” where they took smaller, higher steps to avoid changes in surface heights on the road (think of the last time you missed a step or a curb because you weren’t paying attention). Writing a text caused the greatest changes in how a person looks at and adapts to their surroundings.
Researchers attribute this to a person’s inability to continuously scan their environment while keeping their eyes on a screen to type, increasing the risk of an accident. The study says that humans need visual information to walk safely, and that the brain needs at least two steps in advance to change direction. What does it all mean? Basically, if you look up and see something right in front of you, it’s already too late for you to walk around or step over whatever’s in your way. Yikes!
So whether you’re soaking up the sun in Honolulu this summer or enjoying time at home, remember to take caution when using your favorite device on the fly. If you need to fire off an email or quick text, try to do it while enjoying a coffee at a café, sitting on a park bench, or even stepping aside for a minute to chill against a building, rather than while in motion. It’s definitely better to be safe than sorry.
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)