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The Effects of Cell phones on Reaction Time

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Thomas McKain

on 6 May 2014

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Transcript of The Effects of Cell phones on Reaction Time

The Effects of Cell phones on Reaction Time
By: Thomas McKain

Research Questions
How does talking on a cell phone influence reaction time?
How does texting affect reaction time?
Question & Hypothesis
Texting vs Talking: Does texing or talking on the phone have a greater affect in reaction time?
My hypothesis was that texting would have a greater affect on reaction time over talking on the phone.
Experimental Procedure
First, I had the test subject place his/her thumb and index finger at the 0 centimeter mark on a 12in ruler.
Second, I had the test subjects drop and then quickly grab the ruler for a total of 9 times (3 normally, 3 while talking on the phone, and 3 while texting).
Third, I recorded all 9 trials of data into a notebook, and then found the averages of the 3 sets of data.
Lastly, I performed this procedure for all 20 test subjects.
Interesting Facts
1 in every 4 car accidents in the US is caused by the usage of cell phones or other electronic devices.
Texting while driving makes a driver 23x more likely to crash.
Talking on a cell phone while driving can make a young driver's reaction time as slow as that of a 70 year old.
Answering a text takes your eyes off the road for about 5 seconds. That is enough time to travel the length of an entire football field.
Texting and talking on cell phones distract users and can lead to injuries while walking and driving. This experiment will evaluate how these two types of cell phone usage influence reaction time. Is texting more dangerous or talking on the phone more dangerous?
Materials
Graphs & Information
Conclusion and Ending Results
My final conclusion is that texting does have a greater affect on reaction time than talking on a cell phone.
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