Texting While Driving: Why Can't It Wait?

Texting While Driving: Why Can't It Wait?

Are those texts more important than your life?
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Today, it seems like people can’t live without their cell phones. Phones have become almost like a “lifeline” in some peoples’ everyday lives. Everywhere you go, you see cell phones! Whether it be hanging out with friends, out at a restaurant, or even while in school, you will see others with their phones out. But in some situations, cell phones shouldn’t be used, yet we still see them. One of those places is in the car while driving. Texting while driving has become a big issue all around the country. The question is, why can’t people wait until they are done driving?

Statistics

First, let’s start off with some texting and driving facts. Per icebike.org, there are 2.5 million people in the U.S. that are involved in road accidents each year, and of that 2.5 million, 1.6 million of those accidents involve cell phones. That means over half of road accidents each year happen because of using a cell phone while driving!

Why is texting while driving so dangerous? Well, on average, it takes about 3 seconds of your eyes being off the road for an accident to happen. According to textinganddrivingsafety.com, the minimal amount of time it takes to read a text message is 5 seconds. If you are traveling 55 mph, in the time it takes you to read your text, you have already traveled the length of an entire football field! Imagine driving 100 yards with your eyes closed! This is a huge problem because 77% of young adults are somewhat confident that they can safely text while driving, while 55% claim it is easy to do. Obviously, texting while driving isn’t easy, or else all these accidents wouldn’t be happening.

The Addiction

The fix to texting and driving seems simple. Why doesn’t everyone just put their phones away while driving? If only it were that easy. The problem is, cell phones have become an addiction. Most teenagers and adults feel as if they can’t live without their phones. Many people can’t go minutes without checking their phones. They panic if they can’t find it or misplace it. They keep it right next to their heads while sleeping. They get upset when the battery on their phone is low, but don’t worry, they always are carrying around an extra charger. Everyone connects more with their phones than they do with the people around them. The worst problem with cell phone addiction is that it even affects drivers. Sadly, some think that it is not a big deal, even though all these accidents involving cell phones are happening around them. Cell phone addiction is becoming a major problem all around the world.

The solution

Quitting any addiction is difficult, and cell phone addiction is no different. Sometimes it may be hard, but little things can help you cut the habit.

First, try setting your phone in the passenger seat, or in the center counsel. Just try not to have it in your hand or lap.

Second, if you have someone else in the car with you and you need to reply to a text, ask them to read it and respond for you. That makes it safer for everyone in the car.

Lastly, think of all those that you could potentially hurt because of your actions. It is not only you that you are putting in danger. You are also endangering anyone else in your car and anyone else on the road. Is it worth it to endanger someone else’s life? That is what you must think about.

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25 Responses To Your Friend Who Doesn't Text Back

Omg thanks for responding so quickly...oh, wait.
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We all have that friend. That friend we love to death, but if we are sure of anything in this world, it’s that they will not respond to your text because they suck at texting. That moment when you see “Read 1:04 p.m.” and you’re like “and???? Helloooooooo!”

These are 25 responses for that dear friend.

1. Lol thanks for tagging me in that FB post, now text me tf back.


2. OMG, wait you met Chris Hemsworth and he’s professing his love to you??!! No? Okay, then you can def text me back.

3. Hey I’m coming to help you since you obviously broke your thumbs and can’t respond.

4. Lolol thanks for responding. I’ll just continue the conversation with myself. That’s cool.

5. Good chat.

6. Yeah I wouldn’t know how to respond either, pizza topping selection is a thought-provoking process. Take your time. Meditate on it.

7. The classic: ^^^^^^^^^


8. I hope you’re writing me the 8th Harry Potter novel.

9. That was a yes or no question. This isn’t difficult. You wouldn’t do well with ‘Sophie’s Choice.’

10. Omg, did you pass out from the excitement of getting a text from me? Totally understandable. Text me when you regain consciousness, love.

11. Omg what a witty and clever response. Nothing. So philosophical.

12. The only excuse I’ll accept is if you’re eating guac and don’t want to get it on your phone. Because avocados are life.

13. I love it when you do that adorable thing when you don’t text me back for hours. So cute.


14. Okay I’ll answer for you. Yes, you’re going out tonight. Glad we had this convo.

15. In the time it has taken you to respond, dinosaurs could have retaken the earth.

16. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA

17. The dramatic but also very valid response: That’s what happens when you don’t respond for 30 minutes. People die.


18. I apologize for asking if you were coming to watch Bachelor, clearly the decision has caused you serious reflection on your priorities. I’m sorry to have caused you this existential crisis.

19. Sorry I annoyed you with my friendship. But like plz respond…

20. Your response time is longer than Ross and Rachel’s entire relationship. 10 seasons. You couldn’t text me back for 10 seasons?!!

21. Wait. You’re responding too fast. I can’t keep up. Hang on. Don’t respond so quickly. Jeez.

22. A subtle but perfectly placed gif. What will you go with? The classic eye roll perhaps or maybe a “you suck.”


23. Did you fall off a cliff? Wait, you don’t exercise. Pause your Netflix and respond b*tch.

24. Omg I WON THE LOTTERY. *responds* Lol now you respond…

25. And my personal favorite and go to, Did you text me and then decide to THROW YOUR PHONE ACROSS THE OCEAN?! Lol swim fast, I need an answer.

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What Your Laptop Stickers Say About Your Personality

We all know that the saddest day is when you notice your laptop doesn't have room for more stickers.

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While walking around a college campus, you see a lot of things. One thing that stands out about college students is that they all seem to stroll around sporting laptops that have a variety of stickers on them. Based on your personality, the stickers on your laptop can say a lot about you. Here's a list of the type of person you are based on the type of stickers you put on your laptop.

1. Organized stickers

If you are someone who has their laptop stickers arranged perfectly even and lined up, it probably means that you are an organized person in your life as well. You like to keep your work area, car and bedroom super clean, and you're probably one of those people who writes things on their to-do list just so they can cross them off. When you're in class, you have the nicest handwritten notes, and are likely to color code all of your assignments in highlighters. You are the person we all aspire to be.

2. Unorganized stickers

If you are anything like me, you probably didn't put any thought into where your stickers went on your computer. You probably scanned the surface for a few seconds, shrugged and thought to yourself, "Eh, I'll just plop it right here" without a second thought. Your stickers are most likely overlapping and somehow, your laptop actually looks good. You're probably a creative person with a lot of ideas that you just can't keep track of because your mind goes a mile a minute. Even though most people think you're messy and all over the place, you always seem to get things done when they need to be done. So what? A little bit of organized chaos never hurt anyone.

3. TV show stickers

After watching "The Office" for the fourteenth time on Netflix, you finally decide to get a sticker to commemorate all of the good times you've had watching your favorite show. Besides being a dorky, funny, lighthearted person, you're also the person who gets sad every time they finish a series because they legitimately felt they were part of the show. Don't worry, we've all been there before.

4. Cheesy quote stickers

You know exactly the type of stickers I'm talking about - the ones that say things like "Good things take time" or "Look on the bright side" in that fancy calligraphy lettering that we all wish we could do. Even though they are indeed cheesy, these stickers are some of the cutest ones around and show that you have an optimistic spirit. People with cheesy quote stickers are the type of people I want to talk to in class and become fast friends with because they are the type of people who hype you up when you need that extra little nudge.

5. Dog stickers

You miss your favorite furry friend(s) from back home and you want everyone to know it. Every time you see dog stickers, you nearly shed a tear thinking about all of the good times you've had over the years with your own dog(s). It's likely that you have your dog(s) as your computer or phone background, and FaceTime your mom every day to see your furry friends (don't worry, we won't tell your mom that these phone calls aren't for her). You have crazy dog parent written all over you, which is honestly the best label to have.

6. Food stickers

If you have food stickers on your laptop, you're like me - always hungry. What better way to represent this than to have a sticker of pizza on your laptop for everyone to see? At any given moment you could eat a cow. You're also the type of person who has an extreme amount of confidence because you don't care what other people think about you. Oh, and you probably leave pizza grease all over your keyboard or cracker crumbs in the cracks of your computer. Saving it for later though, am I right?

7. Political stickers

You are a very opinionated person who knows what they want and is willing to stand up for what they believe in, despite what other people might think. You know that people see your stickers and judge you, but frankly, you don't care. You get into arguments on Twitter and Facebook over current events and you are fiercely loyal to your beliefs. Overall, you are an independent person who cares a tremendous amount about the people and things in your life.

8. Alcohol stickers

You like to party and want everyone to know it. These types of stickers are typically bottles of wine or ones that say things like "rosé all day." You're probably the most basic person ever, and you talk about how you can't wait for pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks and how you got so wasted at wine Wednesday last week right before your exam. If you see someone with a vodka or tequila sticker on their laptop, turn the other way. You really don't need to hear how they go from party to party on the weekends as if that's something unusual for a college student.

9. School stickers

You've got school spirit and you know you chose the right place to go to college. You attend your dream school and you are so proud to show everyone around that you bleed green (or red or blue or purple or whatever - it's all irrelevant if you don't go to Michigan State, the best school ever). You probably watch hype videos for football season and get chills, and sing yourself to sleep at night with the fight song. You live for Saturdays and tailgate season, and Tom Izzo and Mark Dantonio are your idols.

10. Only a few stickers

You're simple and you probably just hopped on the laptop sticker trend. You didn't want to buy too many stickers for fear that they wouldn't look good together or there wouldn't be enough room, but you greatly underestimated the amount of space you have. You aren't addicted to stickers now, but soon enough you'll be on Red Bubble checking out your cart with 27 stickers trying to impossibly narrow it down to 3 because there just isn't enough room for all of them.

11. No stickers

You don't care enough to buy stickers. That's an extra however many dollars that you have to buy something you need, like books, a calculator or food. Only the necessities for you - no need to go above and beyond when it really doesn't matter to you. That's one less thing you need to worry about, and you are already busy enough without the extra added stress that comes naturally for most people. Being you is complicated, but you just might have it all figured out.

12. A little bit of everything

You're kind of basic, kind of dorky, kind of funny and kind of out there - but hey, that's okay. You're a wild person who can fit in with anyone you meet and you have the ability to bring a smile to the faces of many. Your quirky personality stands out and you're sort of a happy-go-lucky person. Being able to go with the flow is your greatest quality, and you talk a lot. And by a lot, I mean that in elementary school, your teacher probably always checked the box on your report card that said "Talks too much in class," and/or "Distracts others in class." There is nothing wrong with that; keep up the laid-back lifestyle.

All in all, laptop stickers are a really neat way to express yourself and show your peers what makes you, you. If you haven't hopped on the laptop sticker bandwagon yet, your time is surely coming.

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