How do E-Services affect our health on a day-to-day basis? The answer is anything but concrete. Many E-services are available in our highly technological age and more are being invented and being introduced every day. The fact of the matter is that they do affect our lives, but the bigger question is are they in a positive or negative way. Certain E-services provide entertainment while others make our daily tasks extremely easier. Some E-services open an avenue to a larger community and some let criminal activity multiply. This report will look at two smaller issues regarding certain E-services that are impacting everyday life: the detrimental effects of texting while driving and the neurological implications of video games. Each of these services play a significant role in American culture and our society today and will continue to be around as long as E-services survive.
Text Messaging while Driving
A text message is defined as “the exchange of brief written messages between fixed-line phone or mobile phone and fixed or portable devices over a network.” Along with email and online chatting systems, text messages are one of the most commonly used e-services by the average consumer. According to a 2010 study by Pew Research Center, over 286 million Americans subscribe to text messaging, and those users send, on average, 152.7 billion text messages per month. A study by Car and Driver magazine showed that texting and driving causes delays in reaction times that are up to 17.5 times more dangerous than drunk driving, and at that the chance of life threatening crash while texting and driving is up to 23 times more likely than during non distracted driving. In 2009, a Virginia Tech study also showed that distracted driving, including texting and driving, caused 81% of fatal accidents. With figures like... [continues]
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