In recent years, safety and transportation agencies have uncovered a lot of information regarding texting and driving. It is now accepted knowledge that the habit is dangerous, causes car accidents and is common among teen motorists.
What you may not have known is that texting and driving is more accepted among male drivers. Specifically, a recent study that is detailed in the International Journal of Sustainable Strategic Management has confirmed that 80 percent of surveyed college students texted while driving, and of those studied, males were more likely to downplay the known dangers of this practice. The study investigated 120 male and female students on their texting habits and personal views of the practice. Many male motorists believed that they were skilled, experienced drivers and capable of doing both at the same time.
Of course, the male respondents agreed that the practice is dangerous; however, unlike the females surveyed, they also thought they were better at engaging in texting and driving than others.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the study was conducted for the purpose of determining whether there was a documented link between an individual’s impulsiveness and one’s propensity to text and drive.
The results of the study
The study found that on average, students sent 82 texts each day. Female students often sent more messages than males; however, despite females’ impulsiveness with texting, this did not carry over to the road.
Males, conversely, did not text as often. They were not as impulsive with the act of texting, but they did demonstrate less awareness of the dangers associated with texting and driving.
The dangers of texting and driving
Many studies have shown that texting and driving slows reaction times. Also, Americans are simply not good at multitasking (despite beliefs). Several states, including Wisconsin, do not allow texting while driving and other forms of distracted driving. Nevertheless, many people ignore the laws.
Unfortunately, researchers linked with this study are aware of the fact that making laws that prohibit the practice is just not good enough. Too many people – especially young drivers – ignore the warnings. Moreover, as technology continues to grow, it is becoming harder to detach individuals from their phones.
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