Twitterers tweet from the car, the theater, even the bathroom, study says

Whether addicted to social media or succumbing to peer pressure, Twitter users are busier than ever

When you're reading that latest Twitter tweet, did you ever wonder where the author was when he wrote it?

You might be surprised to find out how many tweets are posted when the Twitterer is driving a car, watching a movie or -- yes, it's true -- using the bathroom.

Crowd Science Inc., an online measurement service, reported today that a little more than one in 10 Twitterers admitted posting to Twitter Inc.'s social network while driving at least once during the past 30 days. Crowd Science said that about 5% of other social media users fessed up to posting while driving.

Meanwhile, 17% of Twitter users confessed to accessing the microblogging site from the bathroom, while 12% of non-Twitter social media users said they had done that.

According to Crowd Science, if you're on a date with a Twitter user, don't expect their full attention: 31% of Twitterers said they tweet from restaurants, and Twitterers are twice as likely as non-Twitterers to access their social networking site from a theater during a movie or live performance.

"Twitter is more of a mobile media phenomenon than other social networks, so these results, while a little disturbing, are perhaps not so surprising," said John Martin, CEO of Crowd Science, in a statement. "And even though checking updates outpaces tweeting by almost two to one, the bottom line is that either type of activity takes a driver's attention away from the road."

The Crowd Science survey, which was conducted online in August, also showed that many people are using Twitter mostly because of peer pressure. Indeed, 17% of Twitterers said that they are reluctant users but fear that their social status would be hurt if they stopped tweeting.

In other interesting results of the survey, 32% of Twitter users said that they spend too much time using social media, 22% said they have written things on social media that they later regretted, and 16% reported that they often neglect important activities to spend time on social networking sites, according to Crowd Science.

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