Study: Distracted Driving Worst Among Young Males, Extroverts, Neurotic People

Study Finds | 11/20/2017 | View all posts by Daniel Steingold
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OSLO, Norway — Older women may take longer to get to a destination, if the stereotype holds true, but at least they’re more likely to get there in one piece. Distracted driving is a dangerous behavior that continues to pose a deadly problem, and now a new study shows that certain demographics are the worst offenders.

Researchers at the Institute for Transport Economics in Norway surveyed over 1,500 Norwegian high school students and adults, asking them a variety of questions about their most-used distractions, attitudes pertaining to distracted driving, and most prominent personality qualities.

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Distracted driving is a bigger problem among young males and extroverted individuals, while older women are less likely to fiddle with their phones behind the wheel, a new study finds.

While levels of driver distraction were relatively low as a whole, two variables — age and gender — were found to be closely linked to one’s likelihood of checking their phone or messing with the radio behind the wheel.

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“I found that young men were among the most likely to report distraction,” explains researcher Ole Johansson in a media release. “Others more prone to distraction include those who drive often, and those with neurotic and extroverted personalities.”

In terms of attitudes that could produce a distracted driver, the researchers found that those who believed that the practice was either socially acceptable, or beyond their control, were more likely to self-identify as an offender.

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Conversely, older female drivers and those who felt that they could control their...
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