Study: Adults Text And Drive More Than Teenagers

Word of warning parents (my kids will love this one).  If you’re going to lecture your teenager about the dangers of texting or talking on the phone while driving, maybe you should look in the mirror first.

A new study by The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project says adults and teens are equally likely to text while driving.  Here are the findings:

  • 27% of adults said they’ve sent or read a text message while driving.
  • 26% of teenagers admit it.

Frankly, I’m a little surprised by the numbers.  I think they’re much higher than that.  And when it comes to talking on the phone while driving, adults win hands down:

  • 61% of adults said they talk on phone while driving.
  • 43% of teenagers do it.

Bottom line?  Co-author of the report, Mary Madden says:

This data suggests that are now just as likely to engage in this risky behavior.  Adults may be the ones sounding the alarm on the dangers of distracted driving, but they don’t always set the best example themselves.

Ouch!!  As a parent, that hurts.  Check out one of my recent blogs and special reports on the dangers of distracted driving.

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