Actually it is worse. You use up a portion of the visual processing part of your brain when you are on the phone that you do not use when you are talking to somoeone in person. Weird, I know, but that's what the brain scans show.Originally posted by DavidS:
About the "distraction" comment - if you're just talking, it is no worse than holding a conversation with a passenger (which bus drivers are NOT allowed to do in some countries).
1. Are you sure she wasn't using the mirror behind the sun-visor?Originally posted by OperaTenor:
Looking at herself in the rearview mirror while curling her lashes with an eyelash curler, while driving her car at 70 mph.
It makes sense to me. I know when I'm talking on the phone I tend to mentally visualize more than when I'm face to face with someone.
You might be missing my point. Listening and talking into the phone uses up visual cortex. It's not intuitive, but apparently our brain uses some of what it has learned in processing visual cues to process the remote conversation cues.Originally posted by DavidS:
3. Now I wasn't talking about the kind of phone with a realtime video pic of the other party...
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