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Thu Dec 13, 2012, 03:32 AM

Dangerous distraction: Study finds many texting pedestrians

Source: The Seattle Times

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - Page updated at 11:30 p.m.

Like zombies, they walk among us, texting, checking emails, talking, selecting music and, according to a study published Wednesday, oblivious to cars, trucks, lights, crosswalks and the concentration required to get through urban intersections alive.

Researchers, observing pedestrians in Seattle, found that nearly one in three people crossing the street at high-risk intersections was distracted by use of a mobile device.

Ebel, a pediatrician at Seattle Children's, said she is concerned about the conditioning of children, many of whom now have cellphones from an early age. She recalled the famous Pavlovian conditioning, where dogs learned to associate a snack with the ringing of a bell.

"I've seen people texting while horseback riding," she said. "When I see this kind of activity, it doesn't bear well for the future."

Read more: http://seattletimes.com/text/2019892279.html



It probably wasn't the gadget makers and sellers who paid for this study.

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Reply Dangerous distraction: Study finds many texting pedestrians (Original post)
moondust Dec 2012 OP
Skittles Dec 2012 #1
moondust Dec 2012 #2
They_Live Dec 2012 #32
MrSlayer Dec 2012 #3
lob1 Dec 2012 #4
AmyDeLune Dec 2012 #5
CrispyQ Dec 2012 #28
dipsydoodle Dec 2012 #6
dipsydoodle Dec 2012 #7
Franker65 Dec 2012 #8
tclambert Dec 2012 #9
FiveGoodMen Dec 2012 #29
tclambert Dec 2012 #30
mwb970 Dec 2012 #10
Shrek Dec 2012 #11
-..__... Dec 2012 #16
closeupready Dec 2012 #18
Skittles Dec 2012 #25
mwb970 Dec 2012 #31
Shrek Dec 2012 #12
Nay Dec 2012 #13
kentauros Dec 2012 #14
Enrique Dec 2012 #15
flamingdem Dec 2012 #34
-..__... Dec 2012 #17
Tempest Dec 2012 #20
Tempest Dec 2012 #19
left coaster Dec 2012 #21
Tempest Dec 2012 #22
slackmaster Dec 2012 #23
Gregorian Dec 2012 #24
skypilot Dec 2012 #33
Gregorian Dec 2012 #35
JohnnyRingo Dec 2012 #26
CrispyQ Dec 2012 #27
Blandocyte Dec 2012 #36

Response to moondust (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 03:36 AM

1. they are all around us: fucking idiots

used to be you'd have to know someone to find out they are an idiot: no more

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Response to Skittles (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 03:42 AM

2. +1000000

It bothers me that so many people are now completely unaware of what is going on around them and expect everyone else to look out for them while they walk or drive around with their heads buried in some gadget.

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Response to Skittles (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 09:17 AM

32. I prefer the term OBLIVIOT

and yes they are everywhere.

One of the last times I went out to a nightclub to see a band play there was a couple who were both surfing the internet and checking their e-mail on their own separate devices for TWO HOURS. I don't think they ever spoke to each other for the entire span of time that I observed them. They completely ignored the world around them.

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Response to moondust (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 03:58 AM

3. It's a bad habit for many reasons.

 

And I still find myself doing it from time to time. All you're really doing is slipping. Bad.

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Response to moondust (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 03:59 AM

4. I was once run off the road, and twice nearly hit someone who pulled in front

of me, and all three were on a cell phone. None of the three were even aware they almost caused a wreck.

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Response to moondust (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:33 AM

5. I'll be walking home from work at night

and see what I think is a drunk weaving towards me until I see the light of the tiny screen and realize they're texting.

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Response to AmyDeLune (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 02:01 PM

28. Love that!

This one, too.



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Response to moondust (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:36 AM

6. Well at least if a pedestrian

headbutts a lamp post or falls down a manhole it don't hurt anyone else - unless an onlooker pulls a muscle laughing.

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Response to moondust (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 05:04 AM

7. Such distractions have been around for a very long time.

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Response to moondust (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 05:08 AM

8. I've even seen people do it while cycling

And I really get sick of these people on the street, face buried in their phone, not looking where they're going and colliding with me. It really is extremely dangerous.

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Response to moondust (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 06:30 AM

9. Think of it as evolution in action.

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Response to tclambert (Reply #9)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 07:09 PM

29. From "Oath of Fealty"?

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Response to FiveGoodMen (Reply #29)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:08 PM

30. Yes, that was the name of the book.

I had forgotten. Thanks.

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Response to moondust (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 06:31 AM

10. I saw four people at a restaurant table last night.

All of them were ignoring the others and silently playing with their phones. This went on for ten minutes or more. Why bother going out to eat with people if you (and they) are just going to sit there playing with your phones? I don't get it.

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Response to mwb970 (Reply #10)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 07:20 AM

11. I don't get it either

What's in the phone that could be more interesting than their companions?

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Response to mwb970 (Reply #10)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:58 AM

16. They were probably texting or talking on the phone with each other.

 

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Response to mwb970 (Reply #10)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 10:19 AM

18. That happened to me once. The punchline is

that prior to their text-orgy at the table, they asked me to remove my hat which I was wearing. I did so, and off they went into their cell bliss, leaving me behind. It was absolutely comical/tragic.

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Response to mwb970 (Reply #10)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:13 PM

25. when I see parents with their small children all doing this

it is just soooo fucking sad

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Response to Skittles (Reply #25)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 05:05 AM

31. Every kid I see now is playing a hand-held game.

When I was a kid we used to run around and play make-believe and ride bikes and play ball and all kinds of things. Now the kids I see are all sitting there looking at a game. At least they're quiet. Catatonic, almost.

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Response to moondust (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 07:24 AM

12. "doesn't bear well for the future"

Am I wrong, or shouldn't it be bode?

Or is this a valid usage for bear of which I was previously unaware?

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Response to Shrek (Reply #12)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 07:31 AM

13. You're right, it is 'bode.' No one actually reads anymore, so all sorts of words are misspelled

and misused because the writer has only ever heard the word or phrase and never seen it. <sigh>

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Response to Shrek (Reply #12)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 08:42 AM

14. At least it wasn't "bare"

No, I don't want to bare with you!

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Response to moondust (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:39 AM

15. this is what happens when you text and walk

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Response to Enrique (Reply #15)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 02:23 PM

34. that's a riot!

thanks

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Response to moondust (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:59 AM

17. Like this pinhead?...

 

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Response to -..__... (Reply #17)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 10:34 AM

20. You just beat me to it. n/t

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Response to moondust (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 10:33 AM

19. The most classic fail was the girl who fell into the fountain while texting

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Response to Tempest (Reply #19)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 10:50 AM

21. I believe this is an adult woman, which makes it even more pathetic. nt

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Response to left coaster (Reply #21)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 11:09 AM

22. I didn't know that. She should have known better.

At least it wasn't a cliff. Although it still would have been amusing, at least to me (big supporter of the Darwin Awards).

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Response to moondust (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 11:14 AM

23. K&R

 

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Response to moondust (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 11:50 AM

24. I was in San Francisco recently. It was like zombies.

I grew up in the area. Hadn't been back since the days before internet. The days when people were just walking about like humans. But this time it was heads down, fingers punching keys. I saw it. But it wasn't until my 90 year old dad spoke up about it on the way home. And he's very much into the computer age. He ought to be, he helped start it.

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Response to Gregorian (Reply #24)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 02:08 PM

33. "They're here! They're here!!!"


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Response to skypilot (Reply #33)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 09:33 PM

35. Haha.

Although, that guy's showing more signs of life than what I saw.

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Response to moondust (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:17 PM

26. Already Zombies:



I knew I'd seen this before

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Response to moondust (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:56 PM

27. I watched a young girl walking down the sidewalk texting, not watching where she was going.

She walked right into the intersection. If drivers hadn't been paying attention, she would have been hit.

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Response to moondust (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 10:06 PM

36. I totally disagree. Actually am posting while walking now and

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