A recent study was conducted by the University of Connecticut School of Medicine that compared texting to drug addiction. The study found that 90% of those surveyed knew they shouldn’t be texting while driving but that 75% admitted to at least looking at their phone while driving. So if people know they shouldn’t text and drive, then why is it that 3/4 of people still do it? Dr. David Greenfield says that “receiving a message on your phone creates a rush of dopamine and positive emotions.” In this case, the desire for dopamine could quickly turn deadly if people act on it by checking their phone while driving. A study done in May 2013 showed that every year 3,000 teenagers die from texting while driving. It also showed that teens who text and drive are 23 times more likely to be in a car accident.
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