A new survey released on Tuesday morning reveals details of what we had all feared: People who drive cars are not just texting their friends while behind the wheel, they’re also using their time cruising to tweet, update Facebook, and shoot videos. Why bother living when you could be dead instead?
The survey, sponsored by AT&T as part of their It Can Wait campaign, “polled 2,067 people who own a smartphone and drive at least once a day,” the New York Times reports:
The survey found that 27 percent of drivers age 16 to 65 report using Facebook, and 14 percent report using Twitter. Of those, a startling 30 percent who said they post to Twitter while driving do it “all the time.”
All the time! It is fucking crazy to think that even the tiniest percentage of people admit to living that loose on the road. What could anyone possibly need the world to hear when they are in the car? Get a grip. The survey also revealed that one in ten people admit to video chatting while driving. Surely, we do not deserve this world we have been given. According to the report, we are both cocky about our phone use and addicted to the thrill of social media, via the Times:
In the new AT&T survey, 22 percent of the respondents who access social media while driving said that they did so because they felt addicted. A growing body of evidence suggests that heavy use of phones is, if not actually addictive, at least extremely habit-forming.
Drivers also overestimate their abilities to multitask while driving even as they criticize others for doing it. In the AT&T survey, 27 percent of people who shoot a video while driving said they thought they could do it safely.