State legislators are introducing laws that ban texting while driving, and an association of emergency room doctors warned that they are seeing more injuries and deaths stemming from trying to text while doing something else.
"The act of text messaging automatically removes ten IQ points," said Paul Saffo, a Silicon Valley consultant on technology. "The truth is ... you don't want to do mushroom hunting and bird watching at the same time. ... We have all seen people walk into parking meters or even into oncoming traffic and seem startled by cars."
Many of the initiatives against texting are aimed at teenagers. According to the Nielsen research company, the average teen sends and receives more than 1,740 messages a month. One study by an insurance group found that 40 percent of people ages 16 to 30 years old admit to texting while driving.
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