Texting teen falls into street, lands in headlines

For two days we've been treated to report after report about 15-year-old Alexa Longueira, who last week fell into an open manhole while walking around texting

For two days we've been treated to report after report about 15-year-old Alexa Longueira, who last week fell into an open manhole while walking around texting instead of paying attention to her surroundings. Yes, texting can be dangerous.

I am not sure if it's the "there but for the grace of God go I" aspect of the Staten Island teen's story that is keeping this alive, but I keep just wanting to shake my computer screen and shout.

"Pay attention!"

Sure, accidents happen and even people who don't text can fall into a hole in the street. Especially in New York City, which probably leads the world in open manholes at any given moment.

The other moral? "Gravity happens."

Most people who wind up below pavement are probably just walking around effectively unconscious, lost in thought, when gravity ruins their day. Distracted walking can be a killer, regardless of the cause.

Or maybe we were interested because we've all seen teens so busily typing away that we knew someday the real world would intervene in their incessant typing to their friends. Fortunately, Alexa was not seriously hurt--her fall was reportedly softened by the raw sewage in which she landed.

Yes, her parents are reportedly considering a lawsuit. The city workers who left the manhole uncovered reportedly told Alexa they were "sorry" as they fished her out of the six-foot abyss into which the stumbled.

She may have gotten off lucky: I wonder if someone hasn't already met an untimely end by stepping off the curb while texting?

Like I said, "Pay attention!"

I hope we can now get past Alexa's tale of woe--I am glad she wasn't hurt badly and hope she and the rest of us will understand the moral of this story. Yes, it's pretty simple:

"Pay attention!"

If you are interested in some other ways that wireless devices can impact our health (pun noticed and left in), here's an in-depth report (ditto) from ABC News on the gravity (yes, again) of the situation.

David Coursey promises not write another post like this one for a long time. He tweets as @techinciter and can be contacted via his Web site.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags textingmobile phones

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

David Coursey

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Essentials

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?