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Would you risk your life for a text message?

Technology is surpassing our daily lives with every single day. With this growing technology, the usage of mobile phones have become a normative public behavior regardless of age, gender or ethnicity. It has glued us to be constantly connected to others. The ability to easily connect to social network has given us increased dependency on mobile devices, resulting them frequently being used to access social media while driving, especially young drivers (Weller et al. 2013, Seiler 2015). However, the mobile phone usage while driving has caused numerous accidents leading to death and serious injuries.

People who text behind the wheel are 23 times more likely to crash. These crashes has caused more than 3000 deaths and 400,000 severe injuries. Even though being aware of all this, people still tends to continue using mobile phones while driving today. This brings up the question, as to ‘What is worth more? A simple text message or losing your life?’

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References:

Weller, JA, Shackleford, C, Dieckmann, N & Slovic, P 2013, ‘Possession Attachement Predicts Cell Phone Use While Driving’, Health Psychology, American Psychological Association, pp. 379-387.

Seiler, SJ 2015, ‘Hand on the Wheel, Mind of the Mobile: An Analysis of Social Factors Contributing to Texting While Driving’, Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., vol.18, no.2, pp. 72-78.