Distracted driving and cell phones
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How often do you check your phone when driving? Phones are designed to be addicting. In an interview on 60 Minutes, a former Google product manager said Silicon Valley is engineering your phone, apps and social media to get you hooked. Users feel the need to check it constantly. Some programmers call it “Brain Hacking”.
In a 2018 report by Common Sense Media, 47% of parents felt their children are addicted to their mobile devices, and 32% describes themselves as addicted too.
With people feeling the need to check their phone constantly even while driving, it causes them to be distracted, which increases the risk of accidents. This includes truck drivers. US DOT prohibits the use of hand-held phones while driving a commercial motor vehicle. To reduce risks, drivers can wear Bluetooth headsets. The best solution would be waiting to you are stopped or parked at a safe location to look at your phone.