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The Dangers of Distraction and Balancing Connectivity

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The Dangers of Distraction and Balancing Connectivity

The Dangers of Distraction and Balancing Connectivity

Guest: Robin G. Molella, M.D., M.P.H. (@rmolella

Host: Darryl S. Chutka, M.D. (@ChutkaMD

The percentage of the US population that uses a cell phone is increasing every year. Currently, it is estimated that over 95% of the population own a cell phone and over 75% own some type of smartphone. This is up from 35% compared to statistics from 2011. While these devices certainly make our life more interesting, they can also serve as a major distraction. Studies suggest that drivers using a mobile phone are four times more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle accident. Nearly half of all adults who text say they have either sent or read a text message while driving. Today we are joined by Dr. Robin Molella, a Mayo Clinic physician in the Division of Preventative, Occupational and Aerospace Medicine, and an expert in public health issues.

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