Study: Driving's Really Bad for Your Conversation Skills

It's harder to remember details when you're occupied
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 16, 2010 9:30 PM CST
Study: Driving's Really Bad for Your Conversation Skills
This man won't have very good memory of this conversation, a study confirms.   (AP Photo)

Verifying that what most think is obvious is indeed true, scientists say driving really kills your conversation and memory skills. A study found that those talking and driving were much worse at relaying details of the conversation, and at remembering details later. No harder than walking and chewing gum? Ha! “That intuition is incorrect,” one researcher tells Science News.

Kidding, and, you know, actual laws forbidding the practice aside, the news should further discourage anyone trying to make efficient business use of that time on the road. “If the quality of a conversation matters to your business,” adds another researcher, “then it is best to reserve your conversation for times when you are not operating a motor vehicle.”
(More distracted driving stories.)

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