Texting on the move may affect posture and balance, exposing the mobile phone user to danger, new research has found.
Participants in the Australian study walked at a comfortable pace in a straight line over a distance of around 28 feet as their body movements were analysed in three dimensions.
The 26 healthy volunteers were asked either to walk without a phone, or to walk while reading or typing a text.
While texting, participants walked more slowly and were more likely to swerve from a straight course.
Study leader Dr Siobhan Schabrun, from the University of Queensland in Australia, said: "Texting, and to a lesser extent reading, on your mobile phone affects your ability to walk and balance. This may impact the safety of people who text and walk at the same time."