Tuesday, July 01, 2003

Even When Not on a Phone, Cell Phone Users Are More Distracted When Driving

Even When Not on a Phone, Cell Phone Users Are More Distracted When Driving Is There a 'Distracted-Driver Personality' Type?

According to an analysis by Response Insurance of their national driving survey, people who use cell phones when driving are more likely to be distracted from
the road even when they are not talking on a phone. The results indicate there
may be a "distracted-driver personality" type behind the wheel.


OH PLEASE! Now we're really going off the deep end!! Now there are personality traits that can be traced to using a cell phone?

When compared to drivers who do not talk on cell phones, drivers who use cell phones are 56% more likely to be distracted behind the wheel while thinking about what to eat; 36% more likely to be distracted thinking about relationship issues; 32% more likely to be distracted when thinking about their jobs; 27% more likely to be distracted when thinking about health concerns; 21% more likely to be distracted when thinking about family issues, and 19% more likely to be distracted when thinking about money issues or bills.

I know quite a number of people who have cell phones who don't use them except in emergencies, so I wonder if they are included in this class of distracted people. So what is next? We start giving medical assistance to those who are afflicted with this 'personality'?

Or perhaps it is that people who are preoccupied with so many things in their lives naturally gravitate to cell phones as a way to keep those things in order? Nahhh.. that would be reasonable!

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