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Reading Makes You Walk Funny

July 10, 2017

Some little kid that I didn’t know in a store today said that I walked funny. He was too young to know good manners and too young to know if an adult walks funny or not, so I didn’t tell him that his face looked funny too and he was stuck with it.

That wouldn’t have been polite of me. It had been a long time since I’d been told that I walked funny, and I hadn’t even been reading on my phone.

Dysfunctional Literacy

Don't read while you walk, or this could happen to you. Don’t read while you walk, or this could happen to you. (image via Wikimedia)

Even though I sometimes read in public, I rarely walk while I read. To me, it’s common sense.  The world is a dangerous place, and I could easily walk in front of a moving bus while I’m reading, or I could get conked on the head by a mugger.  I always knew reading and walking at the same time was a bad idea, but now I’ve discovered that it’s even worse than I originally thought.

According to a study reported in USA Today, people who read or text while walking don’t walk normally.  They develop a weird stride, almost like they’re drunk.  That explains why people who stare at their phones while walking (I call them phone tools when I’m feeling judgmental) run into stuff and fall down.  Even when they’re not falling down, they’re…

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