When you’re behind the wheel and you feel your phone buzzing in your pocket, it’s awfully tempting to look down and answer. Especially tempting, as Louis C.K. pointed out, if your sender is cool (hopefully, you’re not too “forever empty”).
“People are willing to risk taking a life and ruining their own,” Louis said on Conan, “because they don’t want to be alone for a second.”
Four out of five college students text while driving.
A new study out of King’s College found that male drivers are more likely to whip out the phone and text while driving but consider themselves better drivers and, therefore, less likely to hurt anyone. In essence, the study, published in International Journal of Sustainable Strategic Management, shows that men are more likely to text while driving because they don’t think it’s likely they’ll hurt anyone.
“There seems to be a mentality that use of electronic devices is dangerous for everyone but ‘me’,” the King’s College team said. “If further research conclusively demonstrates that texting while driving is as dangerous as driving drunk this study suggests that a promotional campaign should be undertaken to assure that this point is clearly understood.”
If it’s really a problem for you, you’re putting yourself and others at risk. There are multiple apps and ways to stop texting while driving. Apps such as OTTER and Lifesaver are a surefire way to help you quell your temptation if you really can’t help yourself.