iPhone Users are More Dangerous than Android Users, Research Shows
It is a well known fact that texting while driving a vehicle is very dangerous and causes car and automobile accidents. Statistics show that a texting driver is 23 times more likely to get into a crash than a non-texting driver. In 2009, 18% of those killed in distracted-driving-related crashes involved reports of a cell phone as a distraction.
Although this research may come as a shock, it is even more surprising the impact the type of phone you use may have on the likelihood of one having an auto accident. Research shows that people that use the Apple iPhone as their primary means of mobile communication are more likely to get in automobile accidents than those that use Android cell phones.
Several reasons may explain this:
1. Turn-by-turn Navigation. Until very recently, the iPhone has not had software that provides turn-by-turn direction. Platforms such as Garmin, Magellan, and TomTom would have fit the iPhone nicely, however for years Apple refused to join forces with anyone to create software that performs this function. Instead of navigation, the iPhone only provided a list of directions for drivers to follow to get to their destination. Because the driver had to focus on both the directions list and the road, it makes him/her more proned to get into a car accident. Android (owned by Google) on the other hand uses Google maps for navigation so do not endure this dreadful problem, thus making it a safer option in this regard.
2. Swype texting. iPhone users on average spend more time texting than do Android users because of Androids exclusive function called Swype texting. With one continuous finger or stylus motion across the screen keyboard, the patented Swype technology enables users to input words faster and easier than other data input methods. A pairwise comparison showed that, on average, iPhone users texted 32 words per minute and Android users texted at over 50 words per minute. Android users typically use one finger to text while many iPhone users rely on both hands to text (or take longer texting using one hand). Some Android users are even able to swype without looking at their screen. Because iPhone users look at the screen for longer periods while sending messages, they are more liable to get into vehicle accidents and are therefore more dangerous than Android users.
3. iPhone are raggedy. Lets face it, the iPhone is not a sturdy device; screens crack easy and internal microparts damage when the device is mishandled. The Boston Globe recently reported that 30 percent of iPhone users have damaged their device. The report stated that iPhone users often keep a damaged device because it costs so much to replace it if they aren’t eligible for special contract-related discounts. Eleven percent of iPhone owners keep using the phone with a cracked screen, while 6 percent have taped up their phone. In fact, 1 in 2 iPhone owners under the age of 35 have damaged their iPhone. If users are using damaged phones, they spend more time tending to their phone and less to the road, and road rage is heightened due to the frustration of such a terrible device. Android seems safer mobile option once again.
As odd as it seems, if you purchased an android phone, you are less likely to get in an automotive accident than if you bought into the hype and picked up an iPhone. Maybe your battery life will suffer, but this also works to your benefit; a phone that’s off is never a distraction. But for the record, you should never text and drive! Support the cause.