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Teens not worst text-driving culprits

June 19, 2010

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— If you’re about to warn your teenager about the dangers of texting or talking on the phone while driving, a new report suggests you look in the mirror first.

A study released Friday by The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project says adults and teenagers are equally likely to have texted while driving. And adults are more likely to have chatted on their phones while driving.

The study found that 47 percent of adults who text reported sending or reading texts while behind the wheel. In a 2009 Pew study, a lower number — 34 percent — of 16- and 17-year-olds who send texts said that they did that while driving.

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whats_going_on 4 years, 6 months ago

I'm wondering if it's because young drivers may not feel comfortable enough to multi-task while driving. I know when I started out, I was extremely nervous about everything on the road.

Moms and dads, however, probably already have the experience and have done several things already--drive, coffee, tend to fighting kids in the backseat, etc...adding texting probably isn't a "big deal" to their usual routine.

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