1 in 25 young adults crashed car while using mobile


Study of 18-35 year olds found a third had walked into someone while distracted by their phone

One in 25 Brits aged between 18 and 35 admit to having crashed their car while distracted by their mobile phone, according to a study by comparison site GoCompare.

Social media apps are among the biggest distractions for young Brits, with more than a third admitting they’ve accidentally walked into someone else while checking apps on their smartphones.

The survey of 2,000 young Brits found 30 per cent had admitted to texting people when they are in the same room, while 36 per cent said they had more online chats than real life conversations in the same day.

GoCompare also looked at times when mobile devices have a negative impact on our lives. It found 42 per cent said they became enraged when friends or family used their phone at the dinner table, followed by using the phone in bed (32 per cent), and watching TV with a friend glued to their smartphone (32 per cent).

Screen Shot 2016-02-03 at 14.55.21More than a fifth said they felt anxious if they didn’t check their phone often enough, but 27 per cent claimed they need to cut back their usage.

Ben Wilson, home insurance expert at Gocompare.com, said: “It’s extremely worrying that our inability to put down our smartphones is having an impact on our safety.

“Overall, our conflicting relationship with our phones highlights the need to stay ‘connected’ as both positive and negative. While the desire to stay connected online has its benefits, the results of our research also show that too much phone dependency can have adverse effects on our personal relationships and in some situations can even be dangerous.

“I’m sure we can all agree that these devices are an essential part of modern life, but there is a time and place for them. It will be nice to see more people putting more effort into face-to-face meetings and real-life conversations – rather than just relying on their phones.”