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These accidents were due to both being distracted by their devices and blocking the sounds of the warning systems with their headphones

The fact that wearing headphones while navigating a city on foot can be dangerous seems pretty obvious, but the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore collaborated on a study to show exactly how dangerous the activity can be.

Richard Lichenstein, M.D., lead author of the study and associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and director of pediatric emergency medicine research at the University of Maryland Medical Center, said that injuries to pedestrians who are wearing headphones have tripled in six years.

"Everybody is aware of the risk of cell phones and texting in automobiles, but I see more and more teens distracted with the latest devices and headphones in their ears," said Lichenstein. "Unfortunately, as we make more and more enticing devices, the risk of injury from distraction and blocking out other sounds increases."

Lichenstein and his team conducted the study by taking cases where headphones were involved in serious pedestrian injuries/fatalities from car or train crashes from 2004-2011 reports from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, Westlaw Campus Research databases and Google News Archives. Lichenstein's team reviewed a total of 116 cases during that time period.

According to the study's results, 68 percent of pedestrians injured or killed due to wearing headphones were male, and 67 percent were under the age of 30. About 55 percent of the vehicles involved in the headphone-related accidents were trains, and 29 percent of the vehicles involved used a horn or other type of audible warning system to let the pedestrians know they were there. In addition, nearly three-quarters of the headphone-related injuries were fatal.

Lichenstein said these accidents were due to both being distracted by their devices and blocking the sounds of the warning systems with their headphones, which Lichenstein called sensory deprivation.

This study was published in Injury Prevention.

Source: University of Maryland

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RE: Darwin
By Reclaimer77 on 1/19/2012 10:14:19 AM , Rating: 2
I love the fact that your argument hinges around "walking in traffic", cause you know, that's what people in cities do...

Takin, the article is about people being hit by vehicles, is it not? Unless vehicles are leaping onto sidewalks to hit pedestrians, which apparently isn't the case here, even you can connect the dots.

I took a LOT of risks when I was younger doing stupid crap and paid for them. When that happens enough, you learn not to take them. Do I maybe have a complex? Sure, that could be. Several major surgeries will do that to you. But I always ask myself what's the worst case scenario when doing something. In this case it's being hit by a car. How do we minimize this? Well paying attention is a BIG one obviously lol.

But you know what, I was trying to be apathetic to the extreme cause I thought maybe it was funny, and it blew up in my face. But you know what? I think it will be okay :) I slept just fine.

I'm blown away by how regularly you demonstrate how stupid you are.

I'm sorry I don't bow down to your Apple deity and that offended you to the core (get it?) and made me an enemy. However if I demonstrate my stupidity, you only demonstrate your immaturity and ignorance. Fat insults, inbreeding jokes, and other attempts by you don't put you in a very flattering light. This isn't 4Chan btw.

RE: Darwin
By TakinYourPoints on 1/22/2012 6:39:14 AM , Rating: 2
Do I maybe have a complex? Sure, that could be.

Several, certainly

"I mean, if you wanna break down someone's door, why don't you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone!" -- Jon Stewart on Apple and the iPhone

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