In 2016 it was estimated that the average user touched their cell phone 2,617 times a day and used it for 145 minutes. https://blog.dscout.com/mobile-touches Most of this is in combination with other activities (multitasking) which according to research should be difficult to do effectively.
The impact of cell phone use on driving has been heavily studied. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that distracted driving resulted in 2,841 deaths in the United States in 2018. https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/distracted-driving
The effects of cell phone distraction go beyond driving. Recently, the National Safety Council has added distracted walking as a category for causes of accidents, noting the increase in fatalities among pedestrians as they walk along looking at their cell phones. https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/safety-topics/distracted-walking
But this distraction goes beyond the highly discussed distractions in driving and walking. Researchers have found that cell phone distraction (both using it and just having it nearby) is affecting relationships in a negative way. https://time.com/4311202/smartphone-relationship-cell-phone/#:~:text=Being%20attached%20to%20your%20phone,attachment%20with%20your%20loved%20one.&text=Other%20research%20reveals%20the%20dark,the%20other%20person%20feel%20good.
But even more relevant to this course, just the presence of your cell phone can cause cognitive impairment. Read the article at Science Daily here.
With all of this evidence against them, why do we continue to use them? Are you surprised by the research you read? Discuss!
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