The following is an excerpt from Kelly Wallace | August 3, 2016 | CNN.com |
(CNN)Most people will admit that texting, checking social media or playing a video game while driving isn't safe, and yet, some still do it. Why?
David Greenfield, founder of the Center for Internet and Technology Addiction, says it has to do with the addictive nature of smartphones and how our brain instinctively responds to those pings, which signal an incoming text or social media update.
Consider the case of Laura Maurer, an Iowa mother of two who pulled over to text a client and then pulled back onto the road. She tried to ignore the ping alerting her to an incoming text but ultimately couldn't resist it. By glancing at her phone, she ended up killing a 75-year-old farmer and grandfather on a tractor.
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