Is this sign enough to give up this reckless behavior for good?
Texting and driving was problem enough, but now, people are taking pictures and posting statuses while driving. Any kind of cell phone use triggers impairment that could be attributed to a withdrawal of attention from the visual scene, yielding a form of inattention blindness.
Courtney’s incident is unfortunately not isolated.
She died in North Carolina just seconds after posting a Facebook status: "The happy song makes me HAPPY". She was referring to Pharrell’s hit song of the same name.
Unfortunately, many celebrities with massive fan following like Miley Cyrus endorse this trend, publicly posting pictures of themselves whilst driving.
According to the police, the 32 year-old was posting selfies and a Facebook status while she was behind the wheel. In the process, she crashed into a truck on a North Carolina highway and died on Thursday morning.
"The Facebook text happened at 8:33 a.m. We got the call on the wreck at 8:34 a.m.," Lt. Chris Weisner of the High Point Police department lamented to My Fox. "In a matter of seconds, a life was over just so she could notify some friends that she was happy."
It is but misguided to criticize Pharrell or any social network whatsoever for this accident. The problem lies with the reckless abandon with which people make use of them.
We have problem of unparalleled menace on our hands: the selfie frenzy. We are slowly beginning to realize the gravity of this craze. People are willing to do all sorts of things to take the “perfect” selfies. A latest trend is the “driving selfie.”
The driving selfies works something like this: as you drive, you rummage for your cell and take a selfie to post on Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Trends such as #drivingselfie" and "#ihopeidontcrash are rampant on both Instagram and twitter.
It all sounds so silly. Why would anyone risk their life to taking a driving selfie? However, it is what it is. People don’t stop to consider the life-endangering consequences of this ludicrous behavior.