If you think texting while driving is dangerous, then you may be shocked to learn that many people do more than just text while driving, they actually browse the web while behind the wheel, and the number of people who do it is on the rise.

A USA Today report cites a study that recently polled nearly 4,000 drivers from the age of 18 and older. The study discovered an alarming amount of people surfing the web while driving, which is known as "webbing." Among drivers 18-to-29-years old, 48 percent admitted to this practice in 2012, up from 29 percent in 2009.

The trend stems largely from the proliferation and combination of smartphones and social media, even in older age groups. The practice of "webbing" outside of the 18-29 demographic increased from 13 percent in 2009 to 21 percent in 2012.

With the popularity of GPS-enabled smartphones, time spent surfing the web while operating a motor vehicle could also be attributed to using a phone's navigation app or researching local businesses while on a trip. Regardless of its purpose, this dangerous practice will likely start getting the same sort of attention from safety groups that texting while driving receives now.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      This seems like the new drunk driving. I am even distracted when I see people surfing and texting because I'm watching them in a defensive manner instead of keeping my eyes on the road in front of me. It will likely get worse in terms of frequency and number of injuries and hasten the transition to autonomous cars.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm reading this in my car right now. It's really not that hard if you just pay attennnnnnnnn
      • 2 Years Ago
      Stupid bastards.
      • 2 Years Ago
      In my town, if everyone who use a cellphone while driving would dissapear from the streets------I'd be the only person on the road. At least 4 out of 5 people in Bend Oregon are on cellphones or texting while driving.
      • 2 Years Ago
      If people are so much more interested in webbing, texting or talking on the phone than driving, why don't they just take the bus...?
        • 2 Years Ago
        Well, there's a large part of the country (pretty much anyplace that's not a big city) where that's not an option. Where I live the only buses are for schoolkids, trains are not an option, and the taxi is just some guy with an old Villager/Quest. If you want to get somewhere you drive. The ONLY other option is to walk or drive and that usually means you're too poor to afford even an old jalopy or you've had too many DUI's. Not that that excuses bad driving habits, I'm just pointing out that in well over half of the country public transportation is non-existent.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Then make it illegal and arrest them! We MUST have control of such idiotic practices in order to protect innocent people who are driving. If people can't put their "toys" down and drive, then put them in a cell and let them "cool their heels." Why must the innocent always suffer for the selfishness and stupidity of those who are not mature enough to care? If people want to play with their "toys", then let them stay home and do it.
        • 2 Years Ago
        There are lots of people that can drive and do other things at low speeds. Then there are people that can't. If you don't harm anyone then where is the problem? I've never come close to hurting anyone while using my phone, but I see everyday morons that can't say the same. Raise the speed limits and I'll put down the phone. Also, make it harder to get a license to begin with. Those are two great places to start, not legislating more inane laws.
      • 2 Years Ago
      If the people "webbing" were the only people to die in an accident I would say more power to them. Can we some how invent this technology?
      • 2 Years Ago
      The first one that hits me will get a photo taken with his phone of his appendix.
      • 2 Years Ago
      What we should do is confiscate the phones and Ipods from those abusing them while driving.
      • 2 Years Ago
      That hand positioning on the wheel makes me cringe. How can one text and drive like that? ¬_¬
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      Doesn't surprise me. With all the "smart" phones and electronics manufacturers put in cars now, no wonder there's less attentive driving going on. Maybe when inattentive driving racks up as many fatalities as drunks, something will be done about it. Right now, enforcing it is a joke.
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