The latest in a recent surge of worrisome analyses of how having our snouts buried in our smartphones all day (or 80 times a day on average) is a Bad Thing.
In a study of 3 million people, it found drivers using their mobile phone during 88 percent of trips. The true number is probably even higher because Zendrive didn’t capture instances when phones were mounted in a fixed position—so-called hands free technology, which is also considered dangerous.
“Twenty-four hours a day somebody is running, somebody else is trying to catch him. Out there in the night of thousand crimes people were dying, being maimed, cut by flying glass, crushed against steering wheels or under heavy tires. People were being beaten, robbed, strangled, raped, and murdered. People were hungry, sick; bored, desperate with loneliness or remorse or fear, angry, cruel, feverish, shaken by sobs. A city no worse than others, a city rich and vigorous and full of pride, a city lost and beaten and full of emptiness. But since everyone has their snouts buried in their fucking smartphones, no one notices.”
– Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye