Men Think They Can Text & Drive Safely

Men Think They Can Text & Drive Safely
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Quick, come up with a stereotypical image of a bad driver texting.

Is it of a man? Maybe it should be. A new study suggests guys who text while driving could be a worse menace because they think they can get away with it. That's right, men believe that they are able to handle their smartphones while driving without the side effects of crashing and death:

Garold Lantz and Sandra Loeb of the McGowan School of Business at King's College in Pennsylvania looked at "texting impulsiveness" and concluded, among other things, that men often "believe that they are better at texting while driving than other drivers," according to a summary.

The research is being published this month in the International Journal of Sustainable Strategic Management.

Both men and women are afflicted by "texting impulsiveness," the researchers say -- the need to text frequently:

We found a very large majority of respondents, while recognizing the dangerousness of texting while driving, are still willing to do it at least sometimes ...

But it was men behind the wheel who seemed to think they are "less likely to endanger themselves or others" according to the summary:

There seems to be a mentality that use of electronic devices is dangerous for everyone but 'me.'

Send feedback and tips to the author. Follow Dennis Romero on Twitter at @dennisjromero. Follow LA Weekly News on Twitter at @laweeklynews.


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