Tuesday, December 17, 2013

What Happens When We Multi-Task and Drive (Texting, Talking while Driving)

I heard a disturbing statistic the other day--adults are more likely to text while driving than teens.  It just amazes me that people take such risks.  However, I just watched a video that is a reminder that talking on the phone is also a huge distraction and that you are 4 times more likely to get into an accident while talking on the phone.  Of course, that statistic jumps to 23 times more likely if you are texting.  We feel like we are multi-tasking, but in reality, that is not how our brains work.  We are simply just quickly switching between single tasks.

TED and Toyota produced this very short video called the Distracted Mind.  Take a minute and 40 seconds to watch it--it may just save a life.

And if you really want to learn more about how the focus of our attention can make us blind to other things, spend a couple minutes with this entertaining video of a charming pickpocketer, Apollo Robbins, is able to swipe keepsakes from an audience member, despite warning him to pay attention to his items just moments earlier.  Watch the entire thing--see if you get duped!

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