Survey: 48% of motorists between 18-29 use Internet while driving

By on November 23, 2012, 3:00 PM

According to a survey performed by State Farm Insurance, as many as 21 percent of smartphone-owning drivers confess to accessing the web while driving -- or webbing -- as the company refers to it. Drivers between the ages of 18 and 29 are by far the most likely demographic to endanger themselves (and others) though for a quick Internet fix with 48 percent admitting to the deed. 

This is the fourth such look State Farm has taken at tech-savvy drivers. Each year, the amount motorists attempting to multi-task by simultaneously checking emails, updating their social network status and getting online in general has continued to increase. By comparison, only 13 percent of cellphone-toting drivers admitted to webbing in 2009 under the same survey -- that number is now up to 21 percent.

Drivers aged 18 to 29 increased their vehicular web usage from 29 percent to 48 percent while 30 percent of this age group admits to updating their social networking status -- that's up from 20 percent in 2009. The same group also admits reading social media networks (36 percent) and checking email (43 percent) while driving.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the report showed that webbing drops with age.

When asked about regulations dealing with distracted driving, nearly three-quarters of those surveyed strongly agreed with laws prohibiting texting. However, two-thirds of respondents felt like laws aren't enforced anyway.

The study includes data from about 1000 motorists over the age of 17. It's also important to note that the survey was conducted online. As a result, the poll's answers are more likely colored by the recounts of vehicle-driving technorati than old curmudgeons or modern-day luddites. The company's look was further refined to smartphone owners who drive between 1 to 80 hours per month.




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Guest said:

My kid knows that any equipment he uses while driving had better just be the car or the GPS. Cells, laptops, tablets and pads will find their way quickly to the trash compactor.

Tygerstrike said:

Personally no amout of web or any phone call is worth ANYONES life. They have inacted a Hands free Law in Nevada, and I couldnt be happier about this. The statistics for deaths because of cellphone use are down. However there are many many ppl who dont consider other ppl when they drive normally, getting them to set down their phones is almost impossible. That is until they end up dead or with a $200 ticket, then they learn. Now to be fair, the male drivers I deal with take into consideration that expensive ticket, the female driver could care less, that is untill they get pulled over. Then they play stupid and hope the police will give them a warning. Then its real to them. Its desturbing to see that webbing is on the rise. You would think with all the deaths that happen from this that younger drivers would be proactive about their cellphone usage.

Guest said:

Can't wait for cars to drive themselves, then these selfish ******** can do whatever they want in the car without killing people.

Lionvibez said:

My kid knows that any equipment he uses while driving had better just be the car or the GPS. Cells, laptops, tablets and pads will find their way quickly to the trash compactor.

Are you in the passenger seat at all times when they are driving?

how do you know what they are doing when you aren't in the car?

Not saying I disagree I think way too many people do this and its dangerous just curious to how a parent enforces this when they are not in the car with the child?

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Phones can be programmed to deactivate themselves (with the exception of emergency numbers) while in a moving vessel. I don't care if the one doing the texting is actually the one driving or not, if it will minimize these statistics, I am all for it.

Guest said:

From article:

"Drivers aged 18 to 29 increased their vehicular web usage from 29 percent to 48 percent while 30 percent of this age group admits to updating their social networking status"

..no wonder, they capable updating their status right before accident.. "OMG, I'm about hitting the car in front of me and my speed is 120mph" then, right after the moment the status posted, then accident occured..

davislane1 davislane1 said:

Not all that surprising. If they ever want to reverse the trend of poor drivers with even worse habits they'll need to stiffen the penalties for distracted driving and come up with an actual licensing program. Until those two things happen, these numbers won't level off until they're up around 70%.

nismo91 said:

I pretty much enjoyed driving because I don't drive for hours and I usually drive stick. I aint got time for instant messaging or facebook on the car. but listening to music is a must, and that doesn't require internet lol. never been in an accident before.

well technically I used internet for my GPS too, before I got the Nokia Drive which can perform offline navigation. couldn't be anymore happier, the battery lasted longer and it doesnt get toasty after a while.

Pan Wah said:

Not all that surprising. If they ever want to reverse the trend of poor drivers with even worse habits they'll need to stiffen the penalties for distracted driving and come up with an actual licensing program. Until those two things happen, these numbers won't level off until they're up around 70%.

Totally agree, it should be treated as at least as bad as drunk driving, the effect is much the same. (y)

misor misor said:

So 48% use some sort of google maps or agps?

Guest said:

I wonder.. based on these numbers, are they ignorant or stu*id?

davislane1 davislane1 said:

I wonder.. based on these numbers, are they ignorant or stu*id?

Both.

Arris Arris said:

I once was on a long journey and my friend driving had his phone wedged in the steering wheel and was text messaging while driving. At the point when we had to grab the wheel and correct course we took the phone away. Can't believe the usage is as high as it is. In the UK it is illegal to use a phone while driving, only via hands free, but I can't say how well enforced it is as I often look in the rear view mirror in a queue of traffic to see someone looking down at their phone.

Tygerstrike said:

@Arris

I know the feeling. Just had a lady get really messed up in a accident last week in my town because she couldnt stop texting. Until they get caught or someone close to them gets hurt/caught, it wont stop. Its illegal in the some of the states as well. Ppl still do it. Its like piracy, its not a "real" crime until someone gets arrested.

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