Survey reveals half of teens use handsets while driving

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Big surprise there right? 🙂

Despite the obvious dangers of this act, a recent study proves that teenagers still have no qualms about using the phone while driving.

In a national poll conducted with 800 teen respondents aged 12 to 17 by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, results showed that about half of these teens have chatted on the phone while driving.

The study also showed that a third of these have been texting while behind the wheel.

In focus groups facilitated by Amanda Lenhart, senior research specialist with Pew and researchers at the University of Michigan, some of the teens wouldn’t acknowledge the dangers of texting or talking on the phone while driving, however a lot of them said that it was something they wouldn’t do.

The reason why these teens (and maybe most adults too 😉 ) still use the phone despite efforts warning against it is that they wanted to stay connected with friends. Don’t we all? 🙂

Source: http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2009-11-16-teens-cellphones_N.htm