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Cell Phone Culture in Houston

In the latest KUHF-KHOU 11 News Election Poll, more than 88 percent of respondents said the state of Texas should pass a law banning texting while driving. And no wonder – texting and other activities on smart phones are becoming more and more a part of our lives. Houstonians text, e-mail and IM during meetings, […]

In the latest KUHF-KHOU 11 News Election Poll, more than 88 percent of respondents said the state of Texas should pass a law banning texting while driving. And no wonder – texting and other activities on smart phones are becoming more and more a part of our lives. Houstonians text, e-mail and IM during meetings, pedestrians bump into each other, into cyclists, even sometimes cars, because they’re paying more attention to their phone than their surroundings. And, sadly, there have been deaths from car crashes involving people texting while driving.

We discuss cell phone culture – how our lives in Houston are different today than they were just a few short years ago, because we’re so committed to smart phone technology, apps, texting, and other forms of constant digital contact.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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