Cell Phones Make You Drive More
Er, I mean, technically, cell phone use, car use, and a tendency to plan things at the last minute are all correlated. It’s poor form to confuse correlation with causation, even if it does gratify my latent Luddite tendencies.
Or so says a survey of Norwegian families. Er, I mean, technically, the abstract to a paper about a survey of Norwegian families. I haven’t read the paper; insert open access rant (and/or a lament about local university library budgets) here.
Still, it makes a nice story. You’re making plans at the last minute (which only works because everyone involved has a cell phone with them at all times), you don’t have the time to sync up with the bus schedule or make sure that you know which errands you need to do on the way back. Oh well. You can always just drive there, and drive back, and then go out again for that jar of herring.
Now, I use public transit and frequently fail to carry my cell phone; I do sometimes run into people who expect that my lead time for making or changing plans will be as short as theirs, and it’s a little annoying. Thus the latent Luddite tendencies. But when last-minute space caseness takes root in an already car-driven culture, it doesn’t just irk some crotchety bloggers, it prevents us from making some easy lifestyle changes to reduce our impact on the planet.
I’ve tried, but so far I have been unable to halt the advance of socially-mandated cell phone possession, and I am definitely ineffective against flakes. Any suggestions?