FOMO, or fear of missing out, and separation anxiety are keeping drivers from hanging up their cellphones.
The study also found that women more than men used cells while driving. And inexperienced drivers used them more than experienced drivers, according to U.S. News and World Report.
Some drivers told researchers they control when they use their devices, for example, at stops, intersections and they didn’t use them during heavy traffic or on curved urban or rural roads.
Despite the findings that people don't believe that cellphones and driving are dangerous, they admit that they will stop using them in traffic and in the presence of law enforcement, according to U.S. News and World Reports.
Georgia recently enacted a hands-free driving law, preventing drivers from holding their phones while behind the wheel.
Fines in Georgia will cost drivers from $50 to $150.