Does a Cell-Phone Conversation Affect Reaction Time?

1048 Words Jan 26th, 2018 4 Pages
Cell phones can pull people's attention away and onto their phone. Cell phones even cause fatal crashes. Studies have shown that cell phones pull a drivers attention away, and onto their phones, causing their reaction time to slow down. In my experiment, I will be testing to see if it is true, that cell phones slow down your reaction time. If cell phones do affect reaction time, then it would show how cell phones do affect us while driving. According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, "reaction time is the time required for a subject to initiate a prearranged response to a defined stimulus" (Merriam-Webster.com) This shows, reaction time is the time it takes someone to act to a situation. Reaction time is used everyday, for example, when a dodge ball is coming at your face, how quickly you duck is how fast you reacted to the situation. It's helpful to have a fast reaction time, because that means you can react quickly to a situation. According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, "Attention is the act or state of applying the mind to something" (Merriam-Webster.com). This involves with reaction time, because your reaction time slows down when the driver's attention is getting pulled away from the thing they are supposed to be focusing on. Having attention with your surroundings while driving is very important, and when you're on phone it pulls your attention away from your surroundings, and distracts you. According to…
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