New Research Shows Smartphone Use While Driving Grows Beyond Texting


New research suggests that smartphone use while driving has grown beyond texting.

A recent survey conducted by AT&T shows nearly 4-in-10 smartphone users tap into social media while driving. Almost 3-in-10 surf the net. And surprisingly, 1-in-10 video chat.

The survey found 7-in-10 people engage in smartphone activities while driving. Texting and emailing are still the most prevalent, but other smartphone activity use behind the wheel is now common.

Among social platforms, Facebook tops the list, with more than a quarter of those polled using the app while driving. About 1-in-7 said they’re on Twitter behind the wheel.

Smartphone activities people say they do while driving include:

– Text (61%)

– Email (33%)

– Surf the net (28%)

– Facebook (27%)

– Snap a selfie/photo (17%)

– Twitter (14%)

– Instagram (14%)

– Shoot a video (12%)

– Snapchat (11%)

– Video chat (10%)

Other unsettling findings include:

– 62 percent keep their smartphones within easy reach while driving.

– 30 percent of people who post to Twitter while driving do it “all the time.”

– 22 percent who access social networks while driving cite addiction as a reason.

– Of those who shoot videos behind the wheel, 27 percent think they can do it safely while driving.

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