Saturday, September 20, 2008

Don't Text and Drive


A paragraph from today:

“The act of texting automatically removes 10 I.Q. points,” said Paul Saffo, a technology trend forecaster in Silicon Valley. “The truth of the matter is there are hobbies that are incompatible. You don’t want to do mushroom-hunting and bird-watching at the same time, and it is the same with texting and other activities. We have all seen people walk into parking meters or walk into traffic and seem startled by oncoming cars.”

The above statement could be deconstructed a number of ways, however it can be understood why so many people are annoyed by over-texting especially when it interferes with basic safety like driving/riding/walking or generally navigating traffic. My outgoing message encourages those who need to communicate with me telephonically to either leave a succinct VM or to send a text message. I very much hope I don't get texts by moving drivers/riders/walkers.
Read today's Times feature on SMS here.
graph per ny times

5 comments:

dave said...

the train accident in CA was caused due to the train operator texting......
Oh no!
And drivers who text and drive?
Double NO!

Nicki said...

First I started resenting the spazzy iPod-ers out there. Compared to texters, those guys are nothing much.

Becca said...

TExting has facilitated communication, I find. But moderation is a necessary virtue.

Becca said...

TExting has facilitated communication, I find. But moderation is a necessary virtue.

JJ said...

When you have to be mindful of minutes all the time, texting provides some peace of mind. You pay for limited access and that's it. But yeah, texting and machine-operating has to stop.