It seems we haven’t quite yet mastered the whole ‘walking on two feet’ yet, a new study suggests.

Trips, falls and generally bumping into things may be an obvious sign of clumsiness but scientists believe there may be another explanation – we’re just not very good at walking.

Researchers believe humans are ‘surprisingly bad’ at walking, despite having thousands of years of practice.

Experts studied the walking habits of US college students and found that falling over wasn’t just associated with old age, suggesting that walking is ‘inherently difficult’ for humans.

It turns out we trip over a hell of a lot, with falls the third leading cause of unintentional injuries for 18–35 year olds, the study by Indiana’s Purdue University stated.

Students were sent daily emails to record any slips, trips and falls in the previous 24 hours, with more than half of the participants reporting falling during the 16-week period.

The majority of falls occurred while walking (58%) and the main cause of the fall was a slip (48%) or trip (25%), the experts on human movement found.

“The fact that the majority of falls occurred while walking supports the prevailing argument that bipeds [animals with two feet] are mechanically unstable and also demonstrates that walking is a challenging task,” they wrote.

“These results address an understudied yet important question, and highlight the mechanically unstable nature of bipedal locomotion.”

They conclude: “The high fall and injury rate in a short interval reflects the inherent instability of bipedal locomotion and indicates that falls are not a trivial problem for young adults.”

Meanwhile, a separate study claims that intelligent people are more easily distracted at work.

So if you have trouble concentrating in the office, it’s probably because of all those amazing ideas you have running through your head.

Source: The Telegraph
March 11, 2016
By Mark Molloy, photo: Getty
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/12191701/How-clumsy-are-you-Humans-are-surprisingly-bad-at-walking-study.html