The Dangers of Smartphone Addiction

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Smartphones are a critical part of modern daily life. In 2013, 56% of Americans owned a smartphone.[1] Today, that number has risen to 64% of Americans.[2] More than a communications tool, smartphones have become so integrated into our lives that a recent study revealed that three-quarters of respondents never left their smartphone more than five feet away from them.[3] The fear of being without your smartphone, scientifically known as “nomophobia,” afflicts 40% of the population.[4] This data points to one conclusion – smartphone addiction is genuine and pervasive.

Social Indicators of Smartphone Addiction

While a text message may not disrupt a conversation…

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The Dangers of Distracted Walking

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Distracted driving receives considerable national attention, but almost any activity you do while on your phone carries a certain level of danger. Even something as simple as walking down the street could be deadly if you are not paying attention to your surroundings. Each year about 1,500 Americans are injured and hospitalized as a result of distracted walking.[1]

Texting while walking

Texting while walking may not get the same level of attention as texting while driving, but pedestrians tend to look at their phones much more often and for much longer periods. It is all too easy to become completely absorbed in your phone and lose track of your surroundings.…

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