November 18, 2009
The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project released a report Monday that found 25% of 16 to 17yr-olds who have cellphones say they text while driving.
The study also found that nearly half of Americans ages 12 to 17 say they’ve been in cars with someone who texted while behind the wheel.
However, perhaps the most disappointing finding was that teens say their parents are also texting behind the wheel. Pew found that “the frequency of teens reporting parent cellphone use behind the wheel in our focus groups was striking, and suggested, in many cases, that texting while driving is a family affair.”
Research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found even higher texting frequency. Their data indicates that 81% of U.S. residents said they have used their cellphone while driving, and that of the 82% of 16- to 17-year-olds who have cellphones, 52% said they use them while driving.
Teens know the risks – just think it won’t happen to them
“Many teens understand the risks of texting behind the wheel,” said Amanda Lenhart, co-author of the Pew report, “but the desire to stay connected is so strong for teens and their parents that safety sometimes takes a back seat to staying in touch with friends and family.”
For more information about the risks of texting and driving (like the stat saying Drivers who text behind the wheel have a 23 x greater risk of crashing), read my blogs:
November 5, 2009
According to a new study by Forrester Research , a marketing firm based in Cambridge, Mass., newer technologies are no longer dominated by ‘early adopters’ or ‘geeks’. Their research, found that Americans love and use technology:
- 50% of US adults are gamers
- 63% of US households have a broadband Internet connection
- 75% of US households have cellphones and PCs
- Nearly 10 million US households (out of nearly 118 million) added an HDTV in the last year, a 27% increase 2007.
“There’s really no group out of the tech loop,” said Forrester analyst Jacqueline Anderson, one of the study’s authors. “America is becoming a digital nation. Technology adoption continues to roll along, picking up more and more mainstream consumers every year.”
The broad adoption of technologies is fantastic, but does have implications for online safety. Simply talking about how to stay safe while on a computer isn’t enough. Make sure you know how, and teach children how to stay safe using their cell phone, internet connected game consoles, and other connected devices.
November 3, 2009
Symantec has released a new Risk Calculator tool that lets you get a sense of how much your information is worth to online thieves, and how at risk you are to having that information stolen.
It’s a useful tool for not only understanding the underground economy, but for reviewing your own online actions from a security perspective.
November 2, 2009
A new global mobile-phone survey from Synovate shows how attached Americans are to their cell phones, and how US phone patterns vary from global standards. Check out these stats:
- 82% of Americans say they never leave home without their phones vs. 75% globally
- 50% of Americans sleep with their phone nearby
- 42% of Americans say they “can’t live” without their mobile phone vs. 36% globally)
- 33% of Americans own at least 2 cell phones vs. 23% globally
- 21% of Americans now own a smartphone
- 33% of US respondents agreed they did not know how to use most of the features on their phones
- 56% of Americans regularly use the Alarm clock feature vs. 67% globally
- 68% of Americans use their phone’s camera vs. 62% globally
- 31% of Americans play games on their pohone vs. 33% globally
Text messaging patterns in romance:
- 36% of Americans have flirted with their partners by text vs. 33% globally
- 16% of Americans have flirted with someone other than their partners vs.15% globally (but Brits (26%) and Russians (24%) top the list)
- 9% of Americans have set up a first date via text vs. 20% globally
Text messaging patterns and bad news
- 4% of Americans have broken up with someone via text vs. 12% globally (23% of Filipinos break up via text)
- 5% of Americans have been dumped via text vs. 8% globally (20% of Malaysians have been dumped this way)
- 71% of Americans agreed that they have hidden behind text to say no or send a difficult message vs. 35% globally. Least likely to hide behind text are Canadians 79% say they haven’t done this.
- Only 21% of Americans say they have lied about why they were running late or where they are vs. 31% globally. Biggest liars are the Filipinos where 57% admitted to lying about why they were late or their location.
The US and the UK lead the way in mobile functions that require 3G access:
- 26% of US respondents use email on their cell phone on a regular basis vs. 17% globally
- 26% of Americans browse the internet from their phone vs. 17% globally. (In the UK 31% browse via phone)
- Eleven percent say they social network regularly via mobile, again led by the UK (17%) and the US (15%).