According to a new study conducted by researchers at the Western Washington University in USA, people who talk on their mobile phones are very less likely to pay attention what is happening near them.
The researchers apparently got a clown to dress in bright colours and ride around the university campus after which they inquired from the people using their mobile phones if they were able to spot the clown.
The study which incidentally surveyed around 300 individuals, found that over two thirds of those talking on their mobile phones were unable to spot the clown even though he was wiring a very eye catching attire.
Explaining the findings in their report, the researchers mentioned “We found that individuals walking while talking on a cell phone displayed "inattentional" blindness in a real-world situation. Even a task as practiced as walking can be disrupted by cell phone conversations.”
The report quite aptly supports the long standing view shared by many academicians and local authorities across the world who have long encouraged the idea of avoiding the use of mobile handsets while driving, citing the clear shift of attention that talking on the mobile while driving causes, which may prove to be hazardous.
They need not use clowns to prove that theory. It is widely known that driving while talking on the phone can be dangerous because most human beings can only done one thing well at the same time. We're not great multitaskers anyway; one has to wonder though if the findings could jeopardise court cases.