Cellphones have become increasingly popular through the years. When I was twelve, I was not allowed to have a cell phone. Now you see children with cell phones everywhere starting at the age of ten. Cellphones have become so advanced that you literally have everything you need right in your pocket. One must wonder though, is this advanced piece of technology beneficial or deadly?
Despite a few common mishaps such as losing a signal, running out of minutes, or your battery dying, cell phones have no doubt made life more convenient. Is this convenience necessary? Cellphone use has become so toxic that people can’t live without there cellphones or even go a day. It gets serious to the point where people get chastised for not responding fast…show more content… Besides, this age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted. Also, statistics conclude that drivers in their 20’s make up 27 percent of the distracted drivers in fatal crashes, and 10% of drivers of all ages under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes, were reported as distracted at the time of the crash (Crash Stats and Reports, 2015). Therefore, it is of great importance for those who are of my generation to take heed of the issue at hand.
By taking the peripheral route to persuasion, I have decided to focus on certain persuasive tools to convey my message. Because we as human beings are so easily distracted, I decided to use the rule of thumb heuristics by sticking to the AT&T mantras. One example is, “it can wait, keep your eyes on the road and not on your phone” (itcanwait.com). That statement alone is powerful. Let’s also take the foot-in-the-door phenomenon into consideration. Saying yes to a simple small request, will later become a yes to a major one (Myers, p.254). The idea is to take the pledge but the ultimate goal, is behavior change. By asking my audience to take the pledge, I am hoping they stick to their commitment of not texting and driving. The commitment of one pledge can save many lives.
I mentioned that the goal was behavior change. Well, one must wonder how to go about doing this. Wicker concluded that our attitudes hardly predict our behavior (Myers, p.121). I can influence someone to change