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Four out of five millennials text and walk; nearly a third text and bump

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Watch out for that millennial looking down at their brightly-lit smartphone while walking: There’s a one in four chance they will walk right into you.

A new YouGov.com poll reveals just how bad “Generation Text” is addicted to their phones. It finds that 83 percent of Americans aged 18-29 text and walk sometimes, 29 percent “frequently” to “all the time.”

Another 27 percent bump into stuff while texting and walking.

Fifty-seven percent admit to being so distracted while texting that they missed something a friend or family member said.

The texting craze was first seized on by former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood who pushed states to ban texting while driving. Eighty-six percent approve of laws banning texting while driving, including, ironically, millennials.

Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.
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