We used to think we could multitask.
More and more it is being proven that we can not. I remember reading an article after the movie “You’ve Got Mail” was out that said being constantly interrupted by email lowered a person’s IQ as if they were smoking marijuana.
A huge issue now is texting and driving. Daily horror stories. I stopped texting while I am driving the day I blew through a stop sign that I am very familiar with–just not noticing it. I am extremely and eternally grateful that there was no one else around.
My police officer son-in-law told me that texting while driving is as dangerous as driving intoxicated.
I have been surprised this week with how many people I see driving while holding their phones to their ears. It’s illegal in Illinois. But I am sympathetic since I talk on the phone while driving…but using my car’s bluetooth or $5 earbuds I bought at Big Lots. I don’t want to pay the ticket price if stopped (and it happens…I could give you a name :D)
There is no excuse, though, and I have no sympathy for taking the risk of texting (or checking facebook or looking at the calendar or reading email) while driving.
Life is precious.
I am filling up my third third with intentional living. Driving responsibly is one little thing I can do. I pray that I am not the victim of someone else’s risky behavior.