Millions of people are putting their lives at risk by texting their friends while walking, a scientist has warned. Joanna Lumdsen of Aston University said that one in 10 cell phone users get injured because they are so engrossed in their phones and fail to notice bollards, lamp-posts or cars. The study has suggested that mobile phone texting uses up so much brainpower that people don't see one in five potential hazards as they walk down a pavement, she added. "The way mobile phone devices are designed means that we have to focus our visual attention and a lot of our mental processing resources on our mobile phones if want to write and send a text message," the Daily Mail quoted her saying at the British Science Festival at Birmingham. "One in 10 people are believed to have had some kind of accident as a result of texting while walking. Accident and emergency departments are seeing more people as a result of texting," she said. In London, two teenage pedestrians are injured or killed every day as result of using mobile pones while walking, said Lumdsen. To test the danger of texting distractions, Lumsden created a laboratory experiment in which volunteers follow a colour-coded path while trying to type in a message on a phone. Around them, video screens flash up colours - including instructions to avoid stepping on particular colours on the floor. She found that people miss one in five potential hazards because they are so preoccupied with their phones. "The safest thing is for people not to text as they walk along. "But a lot of people in business are expected to carry a BlackBerry or mobile phone and be in constant contact 24 hours a day, seven days a week. "They are under pressure to reply to calls instantly, and to respond to text messages and emails straight away," she added.Source: ANI << Key to Happiness is a Good Working Memory Scientists Uncover Brain Region Behind Introspective Thinki... >> Recommended Reading Depression Depression is one of the most common mental disorders affecting approximately 340 million people in the world. No one is immune from depression - it occurs in people of all social classes, all countries and all cultural settings. READ MORE Adolescent Depression Adolescent depression is an ailment that occurs during the teenage characterized by persistent melancholy, disappointment and loss of self-esteem. READ MORE Majority Americans Favour Ban on Texting While Driving A staggering 90 percent of Americans want writing text messages while driving to be banned, according to a poll. READ MORE Stop Texting, Save Enough to Buy a Luxury Car Instead!! According to a new study the cost of text messages you send in your lifetime can fetch you a luxury car. READ MORE Body Types and Befitting Workouts Workout and diet which is well suited for a pear shaped body. READ MORE Walking As An Exercise People walk for many reasons ranging from pleasure to mental relaxation, finding solitude or for exercise. READ MORE Walking for Fitness and Weight Loss A few extra steps a day are enough to keep you fit. READ MORE Who Else Wants to Know How Walking Helps Heart and Brain? Walking early morning would improve your health as it helps heart and brain to function properly. Find more about its benefits for your body. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia A-Z Drug Brands in India Find a Hospital Loram (2 mg) (Lorazepam) More News on: Body Types and Befitting WorkoutsWalking for Fitness and Weight LossWalking As An ExerciseWho Else Wants to Know How Walking Helps Heart and Brain?