Unformatted text preview: s and Mobile Phones | 148 Pew Internet & American Life Project driving among teens (and their parents!) The cell phone has become an additional source of distracted
driving among teens (and their parents!)
One of the most serious concerns about teens and cell phones is their use of the
technology while driving. 42 Over half (52%) of teens ages 16 -17 who own cell phones
reported that they have talked on a cell phone while driving. Over a third (34%) have
texted while behind the wheel. Boys and girls were equally likely to report both talking
and texting while driving. Nearly half (48%) of all teens ages 12 -17 say they have been in a car when the driver
was texting, and 40% say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a
way that put themselves or others in danger. While filling out the focus group
questionnaire, several teens expressed serious concerns about safety when this happens.
As one middle school boy explained, "I do worry about it because what if you ’re driving
and not paying attention to the road. You can hit someone or make them hit you.&qu...
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