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Author Topic: "Distracted Driving": What Dave Sumner did NOT say  (Read 46185 times)

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« Reply #75 on: March 07, 2012, 07:33:29 AM »

OK, I'm confused.

So the cell phone right at your ear is worse why?   Is it that the "evil" sound waves lose their potency when they travel some distance through the air?   Not a very compelling argument.

That wasn't the point.  You're concentrating on doing several things--one of which is listening--as opposed to just listening to a radio.

Duplex vs simplex - a complete red herring.   The studies show clearly that even listening to a recording with the knowledge that you will be asked about it later causes cognitive distraction.   You surely cannot be seriously arguing that needing to press a button to reply is somehow LESS distracting.

Not at all, and not a red herring, since the study you referenced is about remembering facts rather than having a conversation.  Now, if you're talking on a cell phone and start having a heated discussion, you're going to concentrate more and more on that discussion rather than on driving--and that could and does become two way with both people trying to talk at once.  Granted, you can have a heated discussion on two way radio as well, but it won't be the same since you can't talk--or argue--until the other person lets go of the button on his mike.  If you key and start talking, he won't hear you--and you know it.

Granted, that explanation isn't scientific--all too much these days 'scientific' explanations are applied to what should be recognized as common sense issues--but it sure as heck turns out to be what does go on.
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