fiberguyMy views are my own.Premium
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Re: Still a couple problems...
I don't agree.. and you're opinion isn't invalid as you just stated... however, it's not the act of texting that the issue is.. it's act of someone prioritizing their tasks that is the issue. The same could be said that it slows someone down, on their skate board, when they look at their wrist watch to see what time it is as well. I've seen people walking down the sidewalk reading a news paper as they head to work.. for people to tie DISTRACTIONS to electronic devices just tells me they're not making honest and well educated statements.
In Minnesota, aside from texting and driving laws, we have a "distracted driving" law.. and that is that if a police/sheriff officer watches your driving and it's erratic, they see you eating a whopper behind the wheel, or looking in the back seat yelling at your kid, they can pull you over and cite you for "distracted driving".. and while you CAN talk on your cell phone, if they see you finger-f'ing your cell phone, and you're driving is affected, they can also get you for distracted driving.
The point here is to STOP attacking 1) electronics, because it's not exclusive to electronic devices.. 2) stop blanketing assumptions that YOUR life will be impacted because someone else decides to listen to their iPod or talk on the phone, or what ever they're doing.. SOME people are impeccable at multi tasking and prioritizing their attention to what they're doing.. YOU have no idea if they're giving more attention to walking, or what ever action they're doing JUST because they have a phone or mp3 player in their hand. I'm guessing that somehow police officers are super men and women and while WE can't talk on our phones by holding them in our hands, THEY somehow are better at it? ... because THEY have radios, cell phones, computer screens.. etc. all pointed in their faces in their cars.. not to mention they're thinking and processing a ton of stuff AND sometimes driving at a high rate of speed doing what ever they are doing.
Point is... no two people are the same.. no blanket assumption should be made because they're ALWAYS wrong... There ARE people that can't so much as chew gum and walk.. that's an older statement than any "people can't talk on the phone and drive" statements... right? Personally, for me, when I'm driving, 80% of my brain is on the road and the area around me.. and 10% on my passenger talking to me...
But.. I'm curious.. during that plane plummeting example that you gave (which I've also experienced) how many people in their seats, with a tab or phone in their hand, didn't immediately put it down before crapping their pants? ... or did they sit there trying to get that last "words with friends" word out before realizing they may die? In that example, THEIR action, in THEIR seat still didn't impact your life. But, even with your example, we're talking about the moment of door closing to 10,000 feet, which is about 10 minutes of time... and the fact that they've tried to state that electronic devices can bring a plane down... which is doesn't.