Talk, Talk: “Hang Up & Drive” Working

Gary S. Vasilash

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.

Sony Xperia phone

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?