A weblog by Will Fitzgerald


Yet Another Cell Phone Distraction Study. Study size: 20. Findings: talking on a cell phone is distracting; young people react with the slowness of older/drunken people; old people react with the slowness of slightly older people. Six of the 20 rear-ended the (simulated) pace car (four while talking on a cell phone).

“If you put a 20-year-old driver behind the wheel with a cell phone, their reaction times are the same as a 70-year-old driver who is not using a cell phone. It’s like instantly aging a large number of drivers,” says David Strayer, a University of Utah psychology professor and principal author of the study.

via Slashdot; also heard on the radio.


2 responses to “YACPDS

  1. Michael H. February 3, 2005 at 1:37 am

    The article you linked to doesn’t seem to have any data in the new study on hands-free vs. normal cell phone usage, although the authors of the study said that made a difference in an earlier report. Do you know anything about this one with regard to that?

  2. Will February 9, 2005 at 7:36 am

    There’s a boatload of papers at NHTSA

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