As many as 70 percent people use their smartphones while driving, and they do so not just to receive calls but to click selfies too, a new US study has found. Also Read - Phone heating up often? 5 tips to save smartphone from overheating
While texting (61 percent) and emailing (33 percent) are still the top activities of the drivers, 17 percent study respondents said they take selfies while driving. Drivers are also using social networking sites such as Facebook (27 percent), Twitter (14 percent), Instagram (14 percent), and Snapchat (11 percent) in addition to video chatting (10 percent). Also Read - Chip shortage increases sales issues for smartphone manufacturers in 2021
About 62 percent of the respondents said they keep their smartphones within easy reach while driving, while 30 percent said they post to Twitter “all the time” when driving, ‘GeekWire.com’ reported. As many as 22 per cent surveyed people said they access social networks while driving, citing addiction as a reason. Also Read - Smartphones to cost more with import duty hike on displays: Everything you need to know
Of those who shoot videos behind the wheel, 27 percent said they can do it safely while driving, the study conducted by US-based telecommunications company AT&T found. The study, involving 2,067 participants who own a smartphone and drive at least once per day, was part of AT&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign that encourages people to put down their smartphones while driving.