What Americans do at stop lights
Texting? Talking? Eating? Reading? Shaving?
I’ve always been fascinated with what people do at stop lights. I’ve written about this in the past. here. here. here. We have around 40 seconds in which we have no task but to wait and be ready for the light to turn green. Fourty seconds isn’t a lot of time, but in a world of instant-everything I set out to see what people are actually doing at stop lights.
- I only recorded people I was able to see clearly
- I only recorded people at stop lights (not stop signs, or traffic jams)
- I only recorded people who were actually be stopped (I did not record people who were pulling up to a stop light as it turned green).
- I only recorded people once (even if we stopped at lights multiple times together on the same trip).
Here is what I observed in 200 drivers in Boulder, Colorado over the past few months:
And of course the 0.5% who is looking around counting what other people are doing at stop lights and writing about it.