A Deadly Wandering by Matt Richtel

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A Deadly Wandering Summary

A Deadly Wandering: A Mystery, a Landmark Investigation, and the Astonishing Science of Attention in the Digital Age by Matt Ritchel discusses the impacts of technology on attention. The author narrates a real-life story about a fatal car accident caused by cell phone use and its effects on the lives of the victims’ families and the perpetrator, Reggie Shaw. The writer interviews Reggie and the trooper who was in charge of his case, Bart Rindlisbacher. In the book, Matt Ritchel argues that the lack of attention while driving can cause a distraction that results in deadly outcomes. He partly blames telecommunication companies and car manufacturers for not supporting legislation that bans the use of cell phones while driving.

In 2006, Reggie Shaw, a nineteen-year-old student, caused the death of two scientists, Keith O’Dell and James Furfaro, through a tragic accident. The author gives an account of the events that led to the crash, the police investigation, the court case, and eventually, Reggie’s revelation of the truth. The author tells the story while providing other unrelated accounts that give the reader insight into the relationship between technology and the human brain. Ritchel refers to studies conducted by renowned neuroscientists such as Dr. Adam Gazzaley. These studies reveal the influence technology has over people’s lives.