You’ve probably seen the countless YouTube videos of people so transfixed by their mobile phones that they walk into inanimate objects or fall into fountains.
And while it’s easy to laugh at such incidents, the truth is that distracted pedestrians can cause serious harm to themselves or other people — and now one New Jersey town is taking a stand.
Don't laugh. A recent Nielsen study shows that Americans between the ages of 13 and 17 exchange, on average, 3,417 text messages a month. That’s one every eight minutes during the waking day, and that's just the average. Many people send and receive even more texts than that.
A growing number of scientists and sociologists say this national addiction to cell phone technology is not just bad for