The essay purposes to analyze the dangers of texting from an ethical, emotional and logical appeal. The level at which technology has taken over the different levels of communication is at an increasing rate that does not see to the requirement levels of traditional courtesy or etiquette. In most cases, the forms of communication have become so diverse and easy to handle to the level that they become more of a distraction rather than an efficient method of communicating. Texting requires that a person abandons what they are focused on and focus on the movement of their keys to ensure that they hover over the device in a consistent and well-coordinated way to send the right message. Texting is a task on its own that blinds people of their essential duties due to its quick emotional fulfillment and the reliability levels. It takes away concentration as the mind is rather captivated on the text content. It is even made worse depending on the contextual emotions of the text conversation be it extreme happiness o sadness. Texting while driving has become the number one cause of accidents in the 21st Century.
Distracted driving is mostly common among teenagers and people with very demanding work schedules. There have been more than 24,000 accidents caused by texting while driving among all the millions of accidents recorded in the past years. Texting while driving is becoming a very common aspect of most of the drivers on the freeway. The drivers, in this case, find it an excellent opportunity to text since they do not have any restrictions compared to minor roads. Texting on minor roads prevents the driver from seeing any signs and many pedestrians are killed in the process. It has also become the highest threat to school going children that opt to walk or cycle to their schools from home and are not under the supervision of an adult (Boenker et al., 5). The dangers of texting while driving is likened to just a second of the driver’s eyes being away from the road. It has been known to distract drivers from their duties to a level that they are not even watchful of sticking to their lane. The rate at which drivers veer off the road into fatal accidents is high due to distractions from texting. Drivers involved in accidents where the pedestrian is the victim, end up regretting and resenting the habit due to the guilt. The emotional appeal to this is to make it clear that texting while driving is an easy and careless reason as to how a driver can cost an innocent person’s life, whether a pedestrian or a passenger.
There have been several warning advertisements to keep people aware of the dangers of driving while texting. The same is not only on audiovisuals but visuals too such as billboards. It has become very easy to indicate when a driver in a certain car is driving and texting at the same time. In most cases, the car keeps swerving and veering off the lane while the driver constantly steps on the brakes in short and sudden intervals and mostly late. Most drivers find multitasking very convenient and efficient. This, however, has some very severe consequences starting from the law. This law has, however, not been implemented yet in the United States (Samuel et al., 10). The drivers take advantage of the fact that any particular law does not govern them and, therefore, do not feel obliged enough to be responsible while on their own. The state of the drivers in this case also costs them their time just for not being responsible enough when they face a jail sentence. The use of visual advertisements is a logical appeal to the drivers not to text and drive since it is very dangerous. It works very effectively since the communication is relayed to the user at the point of action. The fact that a driver sees the communication while driving becomes a constant reminder of the importance of not texting while driving. Hence, the message is more accentuated and sinks in well.
The level of morality has gone down with the increase in technological advancements. People are not inclined to being considerate of others in most cases. Texting while driving is very unethical since it not only puts the driver in danger but also the lives of the surrounding drivers too. In the same way, a driver text while driving is compared with gambling, but this time only real and with more valuable aspects which are people’s lives. The level of morality is lowered by the sound of the comparison to indicate the recklessness of a driver. It is only ethical to respect the life of other humans and make an effort to keep them safe (Meza & Daniel, 15). Advertisements that have been used to send the message mostly lean towards the feelings, thoughts and emotions of the driver, making them feel uncouth and irresponsible. Therefore, in this case, morals are what are targeted since it stresses the fact that it is morally wrong to play around with the lives of people. The ethical appeal, therefore, touches on Morals and questions the person’s standards.
It is evident that the prevalence of texting while driving is not defined by only a particular age group but rather to all drivers irrespective of their age. To fight the level at which accidents are caused by drivers texting while driving, the law keepers have listened to the many pleas from the public on stopping drivers who irresponsibly text while driving. The enormity of this menace cannot be emphasized more, but more action in curbing such should continue being a priority for the lawmakers, enforcers and the general public towards road safety.