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Smartphones: Why do we put our safety at risk to answer the call?

smartphone in hand but not for long. photo by Retinafunk

We know we should be focused on driving, or the traffic as we attempt to cross the street. We should be paying attention to the person standing next to us on the ‘L’ as we text away, but that phone has its hook into us and we can’t put it away.

You have all heard about drivers in Chicago and the suburbs getting into accidents because a text or a phone call distracts them.

There have been plenty of articles describing people being attacked on the street while they are talking or texting on their smartphones.

How many times have you seen pedestrians with cell phone in hand walking into the street totally oblivious to the cars heading their way?

Reports of CTA passengers being mugged for their i-Phones are constantly in the headlines.

Even after hearing story after story about how we put ourselves at risk when we use our phones, we just can’t seem to leave it in our pocket.

What is it that makes us pull out that phone as soon as we feel it vibrate even though we may be putting ourselves at risk?

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Ed Kress
For over 40 years Ed Kress has been an instructor and student at the Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts, named "Best Overall Martial Arts School” worldwide by Black Belt Magazine. Master Fred Degerberg awarded Ed his 7th degree Black Belt in 2015. Growing up on Chicago’s Southside, Ed learned early in life to pay attention to his surroundings in order to avoid potentially dangerous people and situations. With the help of local law enforcement officers and directors of campus security, Ed developed a program focused on personal safety on the streets, and as it relates to the high school and college experience. Ed has trained thousands of adult men and women as well as high school and college students to improve their personal and situational awareness and, when necessary, how to physically defend themselves using their brains and a wide variety of martial arts techniques.

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