Another hazard of talking whilst driving

It turns out that talking on your mobile phone whilst driving is not only dangerous, but you miss out on the conversation. Wired has a delightfully titled post, “Driving Distracts Cellphone Users“.

Routine driving impedes a person’s ability to relay information from a cellphone call accurately to a conversation partner and to remember key elements of that information, say psychologist Gary Dell of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his colleagues. Although many drivers regard talking while cruising a straightaway as no harder than walking while chewing gum, “that intuition is incorrect,” Dell says.

So there’s another reason not to be on the phone whilst driving. And it’s another nail in the coffin of the myth that humans can multitask. More and more evidence suggests that when we “multitask” we are simply doing multiple tasks less effectively.

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