Teen drivers can’t stop texting—and what would give up for internet access? Show Notes

Friday, June 01, 2012 Host(s): Dr. Bill Maier
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I found a few interesting stories on the use of technology this week, and I thought I would share them with you.

Does your teen text while he’s driving? Well, despite widespread evidence that texting and driving make for a dangerous combination, teens still do quite a lot of it.

And some researchers believe that they're influenced to do so by their parents. According to a new survey about 44% of young drivers ages say they text while behind the wheel. Their parents often encourage them to lay off the habit, but nearly half of the teens polled said they've seen their parents do it too.

In other tech-related news, young adults who've grown up with mobile technology toggle between various media sources a whopping 27 times per hour.

Wayne Friedman of Mediapost.com contributor Wayne Friedman says these so called “digital natives” aren't all that interested in specific story lines. They don't mind jumping around and coming back to their own stream of media consciousness.

This is quite different from the older “digital immigrants” who come from a foreign media land of traditional TV. They like a linear world when it comes to storytelling." I think I’m more of a digital immigrant.

And finally, the Boston Consulting Group asked Americans what they would give up rather than give up using the internet. 83%  said they would forgo fast food, 77% would relinquish chocolate, 73% would quit drinking, 43% would stop exercising,, 10% would hand over their car keys and 7% would stop showering in exchange for their connection to the Internet.

You know, I probably use the internet as much as the next person, but those numbers are just a little bit scary. Perhaps it’s time that we Americans do some serious soul-searching about how dependent we are on being wired to technology 24 hours a day.

I’m Bill Maier for family-friendly, commercial free, WBCL.

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