Suddenly, How about we get together later? can turn into, How did I just bump into a telephone pole?!?
Your morning commute, afternoon ride or evening stroll can be a lot more pleasant—and safer—if you put the phone away. That way, you’ll be free to admire the passing scenery or actually talk with your companions.
You’ll also be able to react more than 35% faster if a pedestrian vehicle or tree enters your path, according to a 2014 U.K. research study of how texting affects drivers.
Still tempted to glance at the screen whenever you see it light up or hear that familiar ping? Here are a few ideas:
Consider the break from texting while you’re on the road as a gift to yourself—to enjoy the moment and focus on the task at hand so that you can safely get to your destination. Those messages will still be there when you arrive.
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