Is texting while driving impossible for people to resist?

Texting while driving might be compulsion

Most of us know the feeling: You’re driving somewhere and you hear that ping or little tune from your smart phone telling you that a new text message or social media update has come in. You almost can’t resist checking it. You know it’s dangerous while driving, yet there’s something compelling you to check anyway.

But why? When people all over the country know that playing with smart phones while driving is so dangerous, why would people make such a bad choice?

The possibility of compulsion or addiction

Perhaps it is more than just a bad choice. According to a recent CNN article discusses the possibility that our insatiable need to respond to smart phones, even when it is dangerous to do so, could be a result of compulsion.

The explanation involves dopamine, “a chemical that leads to an increase in arousal, energizing the reward circuitry in our brains.” The idea is that the ping of a cell phone triggers our dopamine activity, while also diminishing the activity of the cerebral cortex (which is responsible for reasoning and good judgement).

With the continued reinforcement that comes from checking the cell phone regularly without anything bad happening, people start convincing themselves that they are good multitaskers and nothing bad will happen.

All of this works to reinforce in the brain the activity of checking the cell phone when it pings, even when it is extremely dangerous. It is similar to the “triggers” that make an alcoholic have a relapse, or, as mentioned in the article, the almost irresistible urge to eat from an opened bag of potato chips in the car.

This is a compelling explanation of why people continue to engage in texting while driving even though they know it is extremely dangerous.

Whether the action is freely chosen or compulsory, addiction-like behavior, you do not need to bear the financial burden if you have been injured by a distracted driver. With the help of an experienced lawyer, you can fight for your rights and obtain full compensation for the injuries you have sustained.

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