Should you — the driver — ban your passengers from using cell phones?

Should cell phone bans apply to passengers?

Posted by  Futurity to Holy Kaw!

Overhearing people chatting on mobile phones can be more than annoying. It’s so distracting that it affects cognitive performance, new research shows. And drivers may be significantly compromised by overhearing the cell phone conversations of their passengers, says Michael Goldstein, assistant professor of psychology at Cornell University.

Half of a conversation—known as a "halfalogue”—is more distracting than other kinds of conversations because the listener misses the other side of the story and so can’t predict the flow of the conversation.

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