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All posts tagged "texting"


Monday, December 27, 2010

AT&T Releases Texting While Driving Documentary

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 05:04 PM

This is powerful stuff here – and it’s part of the continued groundswell against texting while driving. If you’ve ever read or sent a text while driving – and, shamefully, I have to put myself in that category – this is something you should watch. Please share it with other people as well. Texting while driving will only be curbed if it's considered as socially destructive as drunk driving - and the terrifying reality is that texting while driving is even more dangerous than driving intoxicated. And remember too that it takes two to text - if you know someone is on the road driving, and you're sending them texts, you're an equal part of the problem. Asking yourself if whatever you're saying to them can't wait a few minutes.


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Survey Says Teens Still "Generation Text Message"

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 02:00 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/05/05/...lmost-all-send/

"...only 23 percent of American teenagers with cellphones use social networks with their phones, while 72 percent of all teens use text messaging. You might argue that Kin seeks to flip that balance, but Pew found that 63 percent of teens with cell phones don't have data plans and the vast majority of teen cellphone plans are part of a larger family plan..."

As if the devastating pricing on the Kin phone plans aren't enough to suck it into oblivion, this survey about teen phone usage makes that product a hard sell; texting is still what teens do most, though I think that if Kin phone plans were priced with some degree of intelligence, they'd be in a prime position to snag the teens "graduating" from text messaging to using more rich messaging options. The real killer is always price in scenarios like this where mom and dad are probably paying for the plans.


Monday, January 18, 2010

Maybe Walking Needs Laws For Cell Phone Use

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 01:00 PM

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/17/t...distracted.html

"On the day of the collision last month, visibility was good. The sidewalk was not under repair. As she walked, Tiffany Briggs, 25, was talking to her grandmother on her cellphone, lost in conversation. Very lost. “I ran into a truck,” Ms. Briggs said. It was parked in a driveway."

It is becoming illegal in more places to use your phone while driving, without at least using hands-free and overall, I agree with the movement. I see driving as a privilege, and I see people holding a handset, let alone texting, as very dangerous. However, the war between drivers and pedestrians rages on, and pedestrians are far from innocent. People not using crosswalks and paying attention to the traffic signs is bad enough, but then there are those that are completely oblivious to the world around them which makes them just as much a danger as distracted drivers. If only there was a way we could impose or enforce the laws we currently have to encourage people to pay attention to the world around them, at least where safety is concerned.

Tags: phones, sms, texting

Monday, July 27, 2009

The Proof: Texting While Driving is Idiotic

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC News" @ 07:00 PM

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/28/t...xting.html?_r=3

"The first study of drivers texting inside their vehicles shows that the risk sharply exceeds previous estimates based on laboratory research - and far surpasses the dangers of other driving distractions. The new study, which entailed outfitting the cabs of long-haul trucks with video cameras over 18 months, found that when the drivers texted, their collision risk was 23 times greater than when not texting."

While common sense tells us that texting while driving is a bad idea, I frankly didn't realize what a stratospheric jump in the chances of having an accident texting incurs. This is a sobering article that I'd urge everyone to read and pass on to their friends - there's absolutely nothing cool about endangering the lives of those around you. Don't send or read texts, or emails, while driving. Nothing you're getting send to you is important enough to warrant endangering the lives of those around you.


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Texting + Driving = Bad News

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Talk" @ 01:00 AM

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26727674/?gt1=43001

"It's suspected, but not known for sure yet, that that the engineer of a Los Angeles Metrolink commuter train may have been text messaging when the train ran a stop signal, crashing into an oncoming freight engine. It will likely take the National Transportation Safety Board up to a year to investigate the tragedy, which resulted in 25 deaths, including that of the engineer himself, and 138 people injured."

Regardless of why this happened, the loss of human life is saddening - but if it was was due to negligence on the part of the engineer because he was texting, it's all the more tragic. In my history of texting, which is admittedly not as long as some people, I've sent exactly two texts while driving - or more accurately, composed most of them while at a stop light and finished them while driving. And that was completely and totally stupid of me to do - I couldn't imagine how badly I'd feel if I caused an accident because I thought my text messages were more important than the safety of the people around me. Reading texts and email messages is almost as bad - there's hardly any message that can't wait until you're at a red light to red, or pulled over to the side of the road. Time to confess: do you text while driving your car?


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