Wandering round the city listening to music on headphones is a dangerous thing to do

Study shows sharp rise of serious casualties and fatalities of personal music player users in the last six years.


Words by: Anthony Walker

Research led by the University of Maryland Hospital for Children and the soberly titled British medical journal ‘Injury Prevention’ states that the number of serious injuries or deaths a year has tripled from 16 in 2004 to 47 in 2011 and comments on the more worrying-sounding “inattentional blindness” that occurs when headphones blunts our awareness to external stimuli. The paper also goes on to note that two-thirds of the victims are males under 30 and more than half of the incidents involve trains.

Jeez, take care out there guys.

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