Technology on-the-go: Understanding the risks of mobile phone use during walking

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Technology increasingly forces individuals to attend to multiple concurrent stimuli including virtual stimuli such as from the smartphone. The current work compared dual-task costs (DTCs) of concurrent reading/writing during walking among N=30 healthy individuals. Task performance was correlated with visual scanning and executive function. Results demonstrated that writing while walking is associated with increased gait variability and larger gait DTCs compared with reading. Similar costs to reading/writing speed were identified, but text comprehension was more impaired by writing than by reading and was related with attention and executive function. These results emphasize that greater interference in dual-task mobile phone use occurs when concurrent tasks share resources. This should be taken into consideration when developing mobile applications.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICVR 2019 - International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781728112855
StatePublished - Jul 2019
Event2019 International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation, ICVR 2019 - Tel Aviv, Israel
Duration: 21 Jul 201924 Jul 2019

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation, ICVR
ISSN (Electronic)2331-9569


Conference2019 International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation, ICVR 2019
CityTel Aviv

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 IEEE.


  • Dual task
  • Reading
  • Smartphone
  • Texting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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