In my opinion, text messaging is one of the coolest things to ever exist. You can communicate with another person instantly without having to be near them, or without having to say a word. You can also pick up where conversations left off at your own convenience, or ignore them altogether. But in our society, text messaging has become somewhat of a gift and a curse.

The Pros are pretty clear--and I've already listed a handful above--but the Cons of text messaging are abundant as well.

  • Texting while driving can lead to accidents.
  • Texting while drinking can lead to regret.
  • Texting while on a first date can lead to it being the last date.
  • Texting while using a restroom can lead to water damage.

The latest cellular epidemic is 'Texting While Walking' and it has gone worldwide. Ohio State did a study on incidents related to texting while walking and the results are pretty intriguing.

more than 1,000 pedestrians visited emergency rooms in 2008 after they were injured while using a cellphone to talk or text. That had doubled each year since 2006

[via NyTimes]

And I wasn't kidding when I said 'worldwide.' In the picture above, the two guys are texting and walking by padded lamp posts on a 'Safe Text' street in the UK. The padded lamposts were introduced as a way to combat the 6.5 million street injuries that occur from texting while walking!

Crazy right? Not only is texting while walking dangerous, it's pretty damn aggravating too. While you're buried in your conversation, chances are someone who is actually trying to get somewhere is being blocked, or someone with groceries is one step away from being knocked to the pavement due to your lack of focus. Which is why I'm gonna hook you up with the proper etiquette when it comes to Texting While Walking. You will now be able to remain courteous to others while punching characters in on your smartphone during your next trek.

Simply watch the video below to regain control and have your real life and your electronic life live together in perfect harmony.