Ever since the federal government started requiring universities to make publicly available knowledge about any incidents of crime that take place on or near their campuses, we get email notification of any incidents that occur. Initially it was somewhat jarring to get them, since they shattered the illusion that we lived in a crime-free bubble but it is a good thing if it encourages people to be more aware of their surroundings and take precautions to avoid becoming the victims of crime.
My university is in a city. As a result, there are public streets that cut through the campus. The most common type of crime that I read about is students having their cell phones snatched from their hands by thieves who then sprint away. I would have thought that this would convince people that talking on phones while walking is not a good idea. Not only are they so absorbed in the conversation that they are not paying attention to their surroundings, it makes it easy for the thieves to sneak up close to them and snatch it from their hands.
And yet, I still notice students continuing to do just that. It may be that they feel that making phone calls while walking somewhere is a form of efficient time-management. I suspect that it may also be due to a form of addiction that people cannot wean themselves out of, and for whatever reason feel the need to be in constant communication with others. I know some people who use their drive time as the period to catch up on their phone calls, even though they have been made aware that it is not safe to talk on the phone while driving.