Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Comment on "Text Neck"

A few years ago, four girls graduated from high school on a beautiful Saturday in May.  They decided to go to one of their parents' homes in the Hamptons to celebrate.  The driver of the car texted and looked at her phone as she was driving.  They held the funeral for the four girls on the next Saturday.

Anyone who thinks they can text and drive are fooling themselves.  They suffer from a cognitive bias--the overconfidence effect.  AAA has asserted that distracted driving is just as dangerous as drunken driving.

The same is true for those who look down constantly at their smart phones as they are walking.  The New York Post had an article a couple of years about distracted walkers, and the many accidents they caused.

Distracted driving and distracted walking are both dangerous.  Don't let your cognitive biases fool you into thinking you can avoid the danger.

For more information see Overcoming Cognitive Biases: Thinking More Clearly and Avoiding Manipulation by Others.

(Scott Fruehwald)



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