CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It's amazing to learn all the things we do in our cars -- besides drive. Talk about multitasking!
As a culture it seems we're obsessed with doing more and more things at once. And sometimes the combinations are mind-boggling.
With all the tools we have these days for staying informed and entertained, we might think this is a recent phenomenon. And, while we certainly have more variety, I was curious to learn that the first car radio was available in 1922.
That was just the first step that led to eight-track and cassette tapes and, later, to CD players and satellite radios. Not only can we listen to music, but we can catch a ball game, have a book read to us or listen to live comedy, to name a few of the offerings.
And it's not just the auditory senses that seem to be stimulated in our automobiles. Visual and kinesthetic experiences take their share of the spotlight, too. It's a wonder we keep our eyes on the road -- and our hands on the wheel -- long enough to get to our destinations.
Check out the results of this survey from PARADE about collective habits in our cars. There were 5,685 respondents to the 10-question poll, with gender skewing slightly female. Topics included eating, phoning and the occasional romantic adventure. Take a look to get a glimpse of how you stack up.
Do you engage in these activities while driving:
Women, 87 percent; Men, 72 percent.
Put on makeup or shave?
Women, 29 percent; Men, 6 percent. (Apparently, most men put on their makeup at home!)
Flirt with other drivers?
Women, 20 percent; Men, 25 percent.
Eat or drink?
Women, 82 percent; Men, 75 percent. No surprise here!
Talk on the phone?
Women, 28 percent; Men, 23 percent. I personally thought these percentages sounded low, although the new laws on the books with regard to cellphone usage in cars could be impacting this arena.
Had a romantic encounter?
Women, 73 percent; Men, 81 percent. OK, you can draw your own conclusions here. Romantic encounters are, obviously, much more popular than simply flirting. See above.