The use of mobile phones is making people become distracted with their daily tasks, which is creating problems for themselves and others around them.
Using a mobile phone to create, send, or read a text message while driving is distracting people. In most countries using your mobile phone is banned but people are still continuing to use their mobile phones when they are driving. In New Zealand more than 1100 drivers on average were ticketed every month last year for using their phones, up from an average of 684 a month in 2010. This is unexpected, since the law had changed near the end of 2009. The Herald found that 33 people were talking and 16 were texting or reading their phones as drivers travelled along an 80km/h stretch of road. This shows that mobiles are causing driver distraction, even though the laws are in place.
People are using their mobiles even while walking, which is causing them to be distracted and unaware of their surroundings which may lead to accidents. A 2010 study of accident analysis and prevention in the U.S. revealed that over 1,500 pedestrians were treated because of mobile phone use while walking. This is quite a large number of pedestrians considering it can be avoided.
These days using a mobile phone to communicate with one another whilst at school is distracting students. This can also distract other students from their learning, because of the sound of the ringtone, vibration and the screen light. A study shows students using their mobile phone, is having an effect on their final grades. The research shows a drop of 0.36 0.08 on a 4-point scale where 4.0 = A. This indicates that students using their phone might create problems for their learning, as they would miss important information. Fulbright PhD professor found that a student might claim he’s only hurting his education while texting but others are also being affected.