cell phones and pedestrians
April 7, 2006 3:24 PM   Subscribe

I remember hearing about an academic study on the effect of cell phones on people's walking behavior (i.e., they were weaving more, etc.) Does this ring any bells for anyone? Or similar studies?
posted by dearleader to Travel & Transportation (4 answers total)
Similar studies:

Oulasvirta, A., Tamminen, S., Roto, V., and Kuorelahti, J. 2005. Interaction in 4-second bursts: the fragmented nature of attentional resources in mobile HCI. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (Portland, Oregon, USA, April 02 - 07, 2005). CHI '05. ACM Press, New York, NY, 919-928. DOI= http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1054972.1055101

Mizobuchi, S., Chignell, M., and Newton, D. 2005. Mobile text entry: relationship between walking speed and text input task difficulty. In Proceedings of the 7th international Conference on Human Computer interaction with Mobile Devices &Amp; Services (Salzburg, Austria, September 19 - 22, 2005). MobileHCI '05, vol. 111. ACM Press, New York, NY, 122-128. DOI= http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1085777.1085798
posted by i love cheese at 3:39 PM on April 7, 2006

Anecdote: I was talking on my cellphone last night at the bowling alley and it was my turn to bowl, after a lousy game sans cellphone, I bowled a spare and a strike while talking on the phone for the last frame.
posted by blue_beetle at 4:56 PM on April 7, 2006

There have been some studies about divided attention while driving and how it's a huge cognitive impairment, on the order of 2 beers (approx the legal limit in most states). This is not about walking, but I'm sure it applies to all motor-skills tasks.

Some quick googling turned up this.

David Strayer, PhD, of the Applied Cognition Laboratory at the University of Utah has studied cell-phone impact for more than five years. His lab, using driving high-fidelity simulators while controlling for driving difficulty and time on task, has obtained unambiguous scientific evidence that cell-phone conversations disrupt driving performance. Human attention has a limited capacity, and studies suggest that talking on the phone causes a kind of “inattention blindness” to the driving scene.

i love cheese: I just read both of those papers for school.
posted by zpousman at 5:20 PM on April 7, 2006

zpousman, are you planning on going to the CHI conference in Montreal at the end of the month? Perhaps there are enough HCI people for a metafilter meetup...
posted by i love cheese at 6:04 PM on April 7, 2006

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