Thursday, July 15, 2010

Social Media and Texting

Before Marcus left for Mexico, we turned off our texting on our phones to save us some money and I could not believe how nice it is to not be constantly connected to people. My phone or Marcus' phone isn't constantly notifying us of messages. Even though I am social, highly social, I do not like being able to be contacted 24/7. Which brings me to a couple concerns of mine. 

The first one is the need to constantly needing to be connected in the first place. I am not saying I have never done this myself, so I am not perfect, but a HUGE pet peeve of mine is people who have to text and drive. I am so happy that a law passed in Nebraska that is making that illegal, just good luck to those who have to enforce it.  It is such a dangerous thing. To text AND drive, you either have to take one or both hands off the wheel, and you have to look consistently at the screen on your phone to type. And I am not posting this to be proven wrong, it is just a dangerous and irresponsible thing to do that not only puts the driver texting in danger, but other people on the road as well. 

My other concern is Facebook. Yes, I am always on Facebook and I post status updates. The status' that bother me though the  the ones that discuss being on the road driving and there was one status that made me laugh. It was discussing being behind and old lady and how slow she was and that the person (who is texting and driving) is having road rage. This made me giggle because the combination of Road Rage, Texting, AND driving. They were probably putting on mascara too just to make it interesting. 

It is just scary because research shows ( that texting while driving is like driving while intoxicated. 

Just as a concerned driver on the road, I know I struggle with things because I do talk on the phone while driving. But please, do you have to be SO connected with people that you have to update your Facebook status about life while your driving?  Can it at least wait until you reach your destination or something? Especially if you are upset?

A video.

Thank you.
Fellow Concerned Driver. 

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