Talk, Talk: “Hang Up & Drive” Working

Seems like the admonitions and regulations regarding the use of cell phones while driving is having an effect.

Seems like the admonitions and regulations regarding the use of cell phones while driving is having an effect. Not a breathtaking one. But an effect nonetheless.

According to a recent Harris Poll, in May 2009 72% of adult drivers talked while driving. In June 2011, that was down to 60%.

Digging into the numbers—based on a survey of 2,163 adults—it is evident that the younger the driver, the more likely she or he is to use a phone while driving.

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Cool phone.  Just don’t drive while using it.  (Sony photo)

Specifically: with regard to talking on the phone, 72% of the Echo Boomers (18-34) do; 69% of the Gen Xers (35-46) do; and 59% of the Boomers (47-65) do.  Beyond 66, whatever that category is called, it is down to 32.

Then, for texting it is 49% for the Echoes, 24% of the Xers, and 11% for the Boomers.  For the post-Boomers, the number is negligible.   Which probably equates to that cadre’s texting frequency.

So the question is: When you are younger, do you really have more to say?