Pics or it didn’t happen!

I have to wonder how this one snuck past the ethics committee. From the Proceedings of ACM’s Conference on Human Factors In Computing Systems comes a study that asks and answers: Do We Bump Into Things More While Speaking On A Cell Phone?

The abstract:

We observed more than 8,800 cases of people passing by an obstacle that was placed at different heights at the entrance to a university cafeteria. […] Overall, 2,422 bumping cases were recorded. Using a cell phone while walking did not increase the risk of bumping into protruding obstacles. The results suggest that the effective visual field of people […] is not degraded by speaking on a cell phone.

I think we could be looking at an Ig Nobel Prize winner here.

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