Society has put a substantial amount of time and effort into trying to keep teenagers from texting and driving. After all, adults are well aware of just how dangerous it is to text while operating a fast-moving object that weights about as much as an elephant, which is why no one does it, in the same way that no one ever drives while drunk.
Oh, wait. Turns out adults actually text and drive more than teens. AT&T conducted two surveys in which it found the following terrifying numbers: about 49 percent of adults admit to texting while driving. For teens, that number was at 43 percent. And the best part? Of everyone, 98 percent of people said they knew it was dangerous. Like 23-times-more-likely-to-get-in-a-wreck dangerous.
If the survey is to be believed, this is a growing problem. Ten years ago, 60 percent of folks said they never did this. Now, 40 percent do it enough for them to self-identify it as habitual. And the real problem is that, just like driving drunk, driving while texting can endanger everyone on (or near) the road. If anyone needs me, I’ll be hiding in my armored bunker.