Tuesday, March 30, 2010
New Science of Willpower Post: You Are Not a Supertasker!
Check out the latest post to my Psychology Today Blog. I was inspired to write it by the countless times I've almost been run over by people on their cellphones.
Thanks for the inspiration, guys!
Let's start with some statistics that make no sense:
A large, nationally representative survey found that 89% of Americans agree that "sending text messages or emails while driving is distracting, dangerous, and should be outlawed." In the same survey, 66% of respondents who knew how to text message (this, by the way, eliminated most of the respondents over 55) reported texting while driving.
Folks, that is some serious hypocrisy within the texting crowd. Unless, of course, those 66% think they are supertaskers.
Just what is a supertasker? This term was coined in a new study that is likely to give a shot of courage to exactly the people who need it least. Psychologists at the University of Utah -- inspired by paradoxical stats like the ones above -- were interested in finding out whether anyone actually can talk on a cellphone and drive at the same time, unimpaired.
Read the full post here.