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Half of all Americans who drive after a video call have trouble concentrating, study shows

Do you find it more difficult to drive after FaceTiming someone?

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Distractions throught technology are becoming an increasing concern amongst our societies. More and more road accidents are taking place due to drivers being on their phones, but there's a new statistic which has come out which you probably haven't thought of before.

A study carried out by Root Insurance showed that 54 percent of its 1,800 respondents said they found it more difficult to concentrate while driving after a video conference call.

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Photo by Simon Follin on UnSplash

The so-called “Zoom Zombies” are part of a trend of drivers becoming increasingly distracted by technology. It doesn't help that most of the world has been kept indoors over the past year, making technology an even more prevalent part of our lives. This has probably caused many people to become more dependant on their phones too.

Alex Timm, Root Insurance CEO said: “COVID-19 fundamentally changed the way we interact with our vehicles. As many abruptly shifted to a virtual environment, Americans’ reliance on technology dramatically increased along with their screen time, causing a majority of drivers to carry this distracted behavior into their vehicles.”

In addition to this, more people are checking their phones while behind the wheel and 66 percent reported they had checked their phones while they drove in 2020. This is up 8 percent from 2019.

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Photo by Maxim Ilyahov on UnSplash

If that shocked you, then you may be interested to know that so far in 2021, a quarter of all drivers say they check their phones within 15 minutes of getting in the car, which is up nearly 10 percent from 2019.

The pandemic appears to have made people more dependant on their devices in order to keep in contact with friends, family, and work. But checking your phone while driving is a terribly dangerous thing to do as it puts you and others at risk. Wait until you stop the car.

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Comments (12)

  • Is this really a surprise? People have an attention span less than that of a mosquito so I don’t think the call has a huge part in this, I think people just can’t focus.

      1 month ago
  • Cars are for driving. Conference tables are for conference calls. COME ON...

    Distracted driving is a major issue. It's the main reason I no longer enjoy driving - other people driving poorly.

      1 month ago
  • This sounds like something that could be true, but I can also see the opportunity for a good bit of confirmation bias. If you are asked if you have trouble concentrating after a video call, the question implies that that's a thing that can happen. I'd really want to see real world testing around a closed course.

      1 month ago
  • Never text and drive yall. I STILL see it happening all the time. Texting and calling can wait, your safety and the safety of others on the road is more important.

      1 month ago
  • Why are they conference calling whilst driving? Especially video calling!

    If it’s that important, pull over ffs

      1 month ago