Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Predicting Factors for Use of Texting and Driving Applications and the Effect on Changing Behaviors
by McGinn, Megan C., S.D., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2014, 62; 1557636
Abstract (Summary)

Cell phone companies are constantly developing faster and more high tech phones in order to satisfy society's demand to carry a miniature computer in their pocket. As society has a continual demand for cell phones, mobile phone companies continue to expand cellular capabilities. One of these advances in cell phone technology is the advent of text messaging. In a survey of 800 teens (ages of 12-17), one in three or 34% between the ages of 16-17, reported they text while driving (Lenhart, Ling, Campbell & Purcell, 2010). Olsen, Hanowski, Hickman and Bocanegra (2009) reported text messaging on cell phones was the most risky behavior when compared with other behaviors such as dialing a cell phone, looking at a map or reaching for another object. A study in 2009 revealed cell phone use was associated with 995 distracted driving fatalities (NHTSA, 2010). This number accounts for approximately 18% of distracted driving related fatalities. Cell phone use was also associated with 24,000 distracted driving injuries, which accounts for 5% of overall distracted driving injuries. The current study seeks to examine what effect a person's attitudes regarding texting and driving, the likelihood of engaging in texting and driving behavior and frequency of reported texting and driving behaviors have on the probability of using a cell phone application designed to prevent texting and driving. The current study also seeks to examine whether downloading a cell phone application has an effect on texting and driving behaviors.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Jewell, Jeremy
Commitee: Hupp, Stephen, Segrist, Dan
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 53/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Education, Technical Communication
Keywords: Application, Behaviors, Driving, Texting
Publication Number: 1557636
ISBN: 9781303953439
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