MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota. We’ve heard that there are real risks to overusing our smartphones. By texting and driving and by engaging in distracted driving, we run the risk of getting into a car accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, texting and driving kills 3,477 people each year, and leaves another 391,000 injured. Cell phone use can make us more dangerous than drunk drivers. As more people become addicted to their phones, and as more people purchase smartphones, we may see an era where texting and driving becomes the next kind of drinking and driving. While there are many social stigmas attached to drinking and driving, texting and driving has yet to attain the same kind of negative social status. Many people admit to texting behind the wheel even though we know it is deadly. While there are laws against texting and driving, in many states, a texting and driving citation results in nothing more than a ticket.