Teens have received some pretty bad press regarding their driving and, more specifically, texting and driving. Although teen texting and driving is a clear epidemic that needs to be addressed, a new study shows that adults are actually texting and driving more regularly than teens.
a report released Friday by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project titled “Adults and Cell Phone Distractions,” found nearly half — or 47 percent — of adult texters say they have sent or received text messages from mobile phones while driving. In comparison, 34 percent of teens who text say they have done so while driving, according to a report released by Pew in September. Of all adults, including those who don’t text, 27 percent said that they had sent text messages from behind the wheel, according to Friday’s report. About the same amount of all driving-age teens — 26 percent — said they had done so.
“Adults may be the ones sounding the alarm on the dangers of distracted driving, but they don’t always set the best example themselves,” Mary Madden, a senior research specialist at Pew, said in a statement.
To me this is a clear case of adults needing to “practice what they preach.” We all know how convenient it is to pick up your phone and return a text or email while driving. Just remember how distracting and dangerous that can be and that it can lead to a serious car accident.
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