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Survey: 7 out of 10 use their cell phones while driving

Smartphone use while driving grows beyond texting to social media, web surfing, selfies, video chatting…

DALLAS, -- When you see the driver next to you looking at their phone, it's no longer safe to assume they're texting. New research1 from AT&T* shows nearly 4-in-10 smartphone users tap into social media while driving. Almost 3-in-10 surf the net. And surprisingly, 1-in-10 video chat.

7-in-10 people engage in smartphone activities while driving. Texting and emailing are still the most prevalent. But other smartphone activity use behind the wheel is now common. Among social platforms, Facebook tops the list, with more than a quarter of those polled using the app while driving. About 1-in-7 said they're on Twitter behind the wheel.

AT&T will expand the It Can Wait campaign from a focus on texting while driving to include other smartphone driving distractions that have emerged as our relationships with our devices have changed.

Smartphone activities people say they do while driving include:

Text (61%)

Email (33%)

Surf the net (28%)

Facebook (27%)

Snap a selfie/photo (17%)

Twitter (14%)

Instagram (14%)

Shoot a video (12%)

Snapchat (11%)

Video chat (10%)

Other findings

• 62% keep their smartphones within easy reach while driving.4

• 30% of people who post to Twitter while driving do it "all the time."

• 22% who access social networks while driving cite addiction as a reason.

• Of those who shoot videos behind the wheel, 27% think they can do it safely while driving. (SOURCE: AT&T Inc.)

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