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Obsession with texting has become a cultural phenomenon. It is one of the main methods of communicating quickly and effectively among the younger generations. Although users consider it more impersonal than calling and faster than e-mail, texting has some major pitfalls. Especially when driving, it can lead to serious vehicular accidents. Looking at the numbers reveals how popular (and dangerous) texting can be:

50%: percentage of teens who send 50 or more text messages per day

76.4%: percentage of U.S. cell phone subscribers who use text messaging

81%: percentage of the United States population which admits to texting while a driving a vehicle

16,000: road fatalities between 2002 and 2007 which were caused by texting while driving

Sources: everywhereallthetime.com, www.buzzle.com, and www.csmonitor.com