Texting while driving is extremely dangerous and extremely selfish. And according to a new survey by AT&T, it’s also extremely common.
The survey found that 61 percent of Americans admit to texting while behind the wheel. To make matters worse, 70 percent engage in some sort of smartphone activity.
Texting and emailing are still the most prevalent. But other smartphone activity use behind the wheel is now common. Among social platforms, Facebook tops the list, with more than a quarter of those polled using the app while driving. About 1-in-7 said they’re on Twitter behind the wheel.
While it’s never acceptable to text while driving, it’s still possible to understand why people do it. Who hasn’t been tempted to text someone to let them know you are running late, or to check in on some urgent family matter during a long commute? But sending a tweet while driving takes narcissism to a whole new level.
Here are a few other hilariously depressing facts:
- 30% of people who post to Twitter while driving do it “all the time.”
- 22% who access social networks while driving cite addiction as a reason.
- Of those who shoot videos behind the wheel, 27% think they can do it safely while driving.
Sadly, it doesn’t stop there. Ten percent of drivers admit to using video chat while behind the wheel, and an incredible 17 percent admit to taking selfies.
I’m beginning to think smartphone radiation really does cause cancer, because a brain tumor is the only explanation for taking a selfie while driving.
Related: If You Text and Drive, You’re an Asshole
(H/T: The New York Times)
Jason Mathews is Internetting way too hard. Follow him at @jasonmathews316.