Cell Phones Not A Major Distraction
from the yes,-but... dept
Following on a similar report we had a a couple months ago, is this new study saying that mobile phones aren't responsible for nearly as much distraction as things like fiddling with the radio. Even while I question the benefit of banning driving while yakking, I think this study is pretty misleading. It just points out that more people tend to do things like talk to a passenger, reach for something, or fiddle with the radio than to use a mobile phone. That doesn't seem to take into account how distracting any of these actions are. Also, it doesn't consider how much time is spent on any of these activities. Reaching for something takes a second or two. Talking on the phone goes on for a while. I'm all for more research in this area, but it needs to be better than this.