Researchers say nearly every young driver they studied believes driving without music playing is an “impossible” task. Despite being unable to separate themselves from their tunes, study authors say the wrong songs can actually make driving more challenging and young drivers more dangerous. “To young drivers 18-29, music in the car isn’t just entertainment, it’s part of their autosphere whether they’re alone or not,” says Prof. Warren Brodsky, director of the BGU Music Science Lab. “They are so used to constant stimulation and absorbing great amounts of information throughout the day, that they don’t question how the type of tunes they play might affect concentration, induce aggressive behavior, or cause them to miscalculate risky situations.” Researchers examined the driving habits of 140 young adults during their study. Each driver answered a 67-item questionnaire, delving into how their music influences them while behind the wheel. Ironically, 80 percent of the group say it’s not just “difficult,” but sometimes “impossible” to concentrate on road conditions or traffic problems without their music on. Young adults are so hooked on their tunes, most of the respondents added they’ll stay in the car to finish whatever song is playing even after reaching their destination.
Research: from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU)
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