v. To conduct a text message conversation while walking.
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Idaho town Rexburg was among the first in the United States to impose a US$50 (S$68) fine on anyone found crossing a street while texting on a phone. The law was enacted in April 2011 and signs were put up all over the city to remind pedestrians not to text-walk.
—Chang May Choon, “Seoul puts up road safety signs to warn 'smartphone zombies',” The Straits Times, June 27, 2016
An Mlab spokesperson told Yahoo News, “Everyone text-walks. You probably walk through the streets while texting or sending WhatsApp messages to your friends and don’t really pay attention to your surroundings — only to whatever is happening on your screen. This causes collisions with poles or other pedestrians. You could, unknowingly, even be endangering your own life while you text-walk when you cross the street without looking up.”
—Trevor Mogg, “Belgian city launches 'text walking lanes' for smartphone addicts,” Digital Trends, June 15, 2015
The scientists warned that text-walkers are also at risk of wandering in front of traffic and stumbling onto train tracks — and urged pedestrians to stop before type…Dr Schabrun said that people need to be educated on the dangers of text-walking.
2008 (earliest)
text walking is just as bad as text driving, ha! Ok, time to break the habit…
—Jay.Eee.Ehn, “text walking is…,” Twitter, July 01, 2008