Gender Differences in Mobile Phone Use While Driving Research Paper by KatiaK

Gender Differences in Mobile Phone Use While Driving
An observational study to compare the incidence of cellular phone use while driving by men and women.
# 153863 | 834 words | 2 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on May 11, 2014 in Psychology (Social) , Research Designs (General) , Hot Topics (General)

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This paper presents a study to determine whether men or women are more likely to use a hand held cellular phone while driving. The paper describes the importance of the issue and the study's method and data analysis, and discusses the study's findings that men were more likely to use cellular phones while driving. Based on these findings, the paper concludes that interventions and educational campaigns should be directed more at men than women when attempting to curtail the use of handheld devices while driving.

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From the Paper:

"Cellular phone use while driving has been linked to increased driver distraction and motor vehicle accidents (Strayer, Drews& Johnston, 2003). As a result, many states and provinces have created legislation to outlaw the use of cellular phones while driving. Despite the introduction of these laws, they are not widespread across the country, nor do all individuals choose to abide by the laws where they do exist (McCartt, Hellinga, Strouse& Farmer, 2010). It seems that many individuals do not believe that the dangers of using a cellular device while driving apply to them. Although some research has linked any type of cellular phone use to increased distraction and accidents, including hands-free phone operation, it seems that actually holding the phone seems to be seen as the most dangerous of activities involving cellular phone use. While implanting legislation to make cellular phone use while driving a vehicle illegal can help by providing a legal deterrent, the best way to prevent this behavior is to convince people of its dangerousness. An important aspect in being able to change people's opinions is to know exactly who to target, thus, this study was designed to determine which gender is most likely to use a cellular phone while driving."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • McCartt, A.T., Hellinga, L.A., Strouse, L.M. & Farmer, C.M. (2010). Long-term effects of handheld cell phone laws on driver handheld cell phone use. Traffic Injury Prevention, 11(2), 133-141.
  • Strayer, D. L., Drews, F.A., & Johnston, W.A. (2003). Cell phone-induced failures of visual attention during simulated driving. Journal of Experimental Psychology, 9(1), 23-32.

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