May 30, 2009
Text Messaging Excesses A Growing Problem

75 text messages a day is not healthy.

Spurred by the unlimited texting plans offered by carriers like AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless, American teenagers sent and received an average of 2,272 text messages per month in the fourth quarter of 2008, according to the Nielsen Company — almost 80 messages a day, more than double the average of a year earlier.

Humans weren't designed to handle the electronic environment we've created.

Even worse, putting others in danger while you text message in your car. Do any of my readers do this? Why?

In a survey released last week by Vlingo Corp., a Cambridge, Mass., company that develops speech-recognition technology for mobile phones (and so, of course with a vested interest in the survey’s outcome, so keep that in mind), more than 26 percent of some 4,800 cellphone users surveyed across the United States admitted they had sent text messages while driving. The worst state was Tennessee, where 42 percent of those surveyed said they had done DWT. But here is the kicker: While more than 26 percent of those surveyed said they texted while driving, 83 percent said the practice should be illegal. (Currently seven states and the District of Columbia outlaw it.) So if my math is correct, this means that at least 9 percent of those surveyed text even though they think it’s a bad thing.

I saw a lady just yesterday pulling up to a stop light in an SUV while messing with her cell phone. I was tempted to shout at her. She was looking the phone more than she was looking ahead.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2009 May 30 07:03 PM  Comm Tech Society


Comments
Lono said at May 31, 2009 3:43 PM:

Randall,

Some high school kid in front of me today kept swerving left and right while trying to text message - I seriously wanted to give him a piece of well needed mind!

Text messaging is just another one of those things that remind me that the Human race is not all equal - some are, shall we say, more equal than others...

(I mean - just look at the data rate charges for this - and the sheeple still unthinkingly just accept it)

I think it will be hilarious when - through legislation - or other safety initiative - that programs will start to be offered on cell phones for "hands free" text messaging.

The ironing will - most certainly - be delicious!

;-)

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