Sunday, May 03, 2009

Txting and commuting

Why are text messages limited to 160 characters? This LA Times article has the answer, and other tidbits such as:
U.S. mobile users sent an average of 357 texts per month in the second quarter of 2008 versus an average of 204 calls, the report said.
It's illegal in California to text while driving, so what else do we do? According to Traffic: Why we drive the way we do (and what it says about us),
Anonymity in traffic acts as a powerful drug, with several curious effects. ... the inside of the car itself becomes a useful place for self-expression. This may explain why surveys have shown that most people, given the choice, desire a minimum commute of at least twenty minutes. Drivers desire this solitary "me time" - to sing, to feel like a teenager again, to be temporarily free from the constricted roles of work and home. One study found that the car was a favored place for people to cry about something ("grieving while driving").