State Farm, one of the largest car and home insurer in North America, recently conducted an online survey of of 912 drivers who met the following criteria: had a valid driver's license, reported driving at least one hour per week, and owned a smart phone.
Of these drivers, about one in five (19 percent) admitted to using the Internet while driving.
And what where the top five Web-based activities they engage in? In order, they were: Finding/reading driving directions, Reading email, Looking up/referencing specific information of immediate interest, Looking at/reading social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and composing/sending email.
Most respondents who said they use the Internet while driving reported that they engage in these activities when stopped at a stop light or stopped in heavy traffic. They also commonly said they access the Internet when driving alone, during daylight hours, or on long drives on the interstate.
Approximately 40 percent of the U.S. population owns a smartphone.
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