Are road accidents increasing or decreasing due to growing use of mobile phones?The use of mobile phones during driving is identified as one of the major causes of road accidents. However, while going through a cartoon about the increasing use of mobile phones in society, it suddenly flashed in my mind that if people are getting used to being engrossed in social media to such an extent that even family members are interacting with each other through texting while sitting in the same room, then such behaviour might be indirectly helping us in containing or controlling road accidents.
Are people, being engrossed in social media, venturing less outdoors on roads for doing errands and fetching supplies as most of the commodities and services are presently available online and also because they have become addicted to the use of social media? If so, then there will be less crowding on the roads.
Still, the fact remains that even the reduced volume of traffic will continue to cause pathetic road accidents because the major factors like vehicle design and condition, road engineering, speeding, drunken driving/consumption of alcohol and drugs, driving on the wrong side, jumping the red light etc will continue to be there.
What are your thoughts about the subject matter?