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Smartphones Cause More Accidents, Fights
« on: January 26, 2014, 09:44:07 am »
http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2014/01/25/2014012500496.html

Smartphones Cause More Accidents, Fights

Great technological feats have made phones smarter and smarter, but their users seem to be moving in the opposite direction.

Some 40 million Koreans now have smartphones, and an increasing number of them are causing inconvenience and accidents as they are absorbed in playing games or watching videos in busy areas.

Reports to the police emergency phone line 112 of disputes or violence on the Seoul metro rose from 436 in 2011 to 776 in 2013 mainly due to an increasing number of people obstructing others’ passage while absorbed in their smartphone.

An officer with the Seoul Metropolitan Police said, "We've seen a rise in reports of disputes on metro trains, and most of them started with a smartphone. People who are distracted by their smartphone are becoming a serious risk to society."

They are causing road accidents too. The Korea Transportation Safety Authority carried out a research on pedestrians crossing patterns at the 10 crossings in Seoul and Gyeonggi Province with the greatest number of accidents in the past three years. It found that 25 percent of 54,604 pedestrians were vulnerable to accidents because they did not look before crossing the road, and 27 percent of them were absorbed in their phone.

Hyundai Marine and Fire Insurance analyzed motor accidents claims handled by the company from 2009 to 2012 and discovered that the number of smartphone-related accidents soared from 37 to 848 over the same period.

The company said 21.7 percent of smartphone users said they had nearly had an accident because of their phone, and usage of smartphones while crossing the road made people recognize honking cars at a 42 to 57 percent shorter distance than normal.

Prof. Kim Min-shik of Yonsei University said, "There's a limit to people's ability to pay attention. Smartphones require vision and audio information processing as well as action, so it is very dangerous to walk on the streets using a smartphone."
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So true, especially the bit about walking and being absorbed in their smartphones. It it so irritating when they stop in the middle of the pavement to read or send a text and it matters not to them they are obstructing everyone around them.
There is no known medical cure for stupidity!


Re: Smartphones Cause More Accidents, Fights
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2014, 10:45:15 am »
Yikes. Plus add that so many people, when they choose to distract themselves with something like a smartphone, are expecting everyone around them to do be paying attention and accommodate for their lack of awareness -- stepping aside to let the smartphone user pass by, slowing their car down to avoid hitting them, etc. It's quite irksome how people pretend to have little bubbles that isolate them from being in public. They act as if burying their faces in smartphone games and comics removes them from the world around them, and in a way it feeds the Korean attitude that strangers you encounter on the street aren't real people that deserve consideration. The best example of this are the people on subways and buses who are so engrossed in games (or pretending to be) that they won't get up for the elderly, even when they're sitting in the reserved seats.

Fortunately, I'm terrible at texting and walking at the same time, so I rarely do it. Or at least I will step off to the side of the hallway or wherever, send a text, and resume my way. :azn:


Re: Smartphones Cause More Accidents, Fights
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2014, 09:19:04 pm »
I don't know why, but for some reason when people are walking and watching tv/movies/videos there is nothing more I would like to do than to slap their phone out of their hands.  All the other smart phone and walking activities bother me too, but this one really, really irritates me.


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Re: Smartphones Cause More Accidents, Fights
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2014, 09:41:52 pm »
Yikes. Plus add that so many people, when they choose to distract themselves with something like a smartphone, are expecting everyone around them to do be paying attention and accommodate for their lack of awareness -- stepping aside to let the smartphone user pass by, slowing their car down to avoid hitting them, etc. It's quite irksome how people pretend to have little bubbles that isolate them from being in public. They act as if burying their faces in smartphone games and comics removes them from the world around them, and in a way it feeds the Korean attitude that strangers you encounter on the street aren't real people that deserve consideration. The best example of this are the people on subways and buses who are so engrossed in games (or pretending to be) that they won't get up for the elderly, even when they're sitting in the reserved seats.

Fortunately, I'm terrible at texting and walking at the same time, so I rarely do it. Or at least I will step off to the side of the hallway or wherever, send a text, and resume my way. :azn:

Totally agree. They use their phones as a thinly-veiled way to skirt any responsibility or consideration for anyone else around them. "Whoops I'm using my phone and conveniently not aware of anything around me."

The thing about not getting up for elderly people really gets to me. It's just plain selfish. Also I see people all the time pretending to sleep so they don't have to get up. I just don't sit in those seats in the first place.

I don't know why, but for some reason when people are walking and watching tv/movies/videos there is nothing more I would like to do than to slap their phone out of their hands.  All the other smart phone and walking activities bother me too, but this one really, really irritates me.

I've had the exact same feeling. Nothing would give me greater satisfaction than slapping their phone either A) onto the ground, or B) into their face. These days people can't tear themselves away from their constant entertainment even to cross the street.
Take that apologists!


Re: Smartphones Cause More Accidents, Fights
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2014, 12:40:27 am »
Yikes. Plus add that so many people, when they choose to distract themselves with something like a smartphone, are expecting everyone around them to do be paying attention and accommodate for their lack of awareness -- stepping aside to let the smartphone user pass by, slowing their car down to avoid hitting them, etc. It's quite irksome how people pretend to have little bubbles that isolate them from being in public. They act as if burying their faces in smartphone games and comics removes them from the world around them, and in a way it feeds the Korean attitude that strangers you encounter on the street aren't real people that deserve consideration. The best example of this are the people on subways and buses who are so engrossed in games (or pretending to be) that they won't get up for the elderly, even when they're sitting in the reserved seats.

Fortunately, I'm terrible at texting and walking at the same time, so I rarely do it. Or at least I will step off to the side of the hallway or wherever, send a text, and resume my way. :azn:

Totally agree. They use their phones as a thinly-veiled way to skirt any responsibility or consideration for anyone else around them. "Whoops I'm using my phone and conveniently not aware of anything around me."

The thing about not getting up for elderly people really gets to me. It's just plain selfish. Also I see people all the time pretending to sleep so they don't have to get up. I just don't sit in those seats in the first place.

I don't know why, but for some reason when people are walking and watching tv/movies/videos there is nothing more I would like to do than to slap their phone out of their hands.  All the other smart phone and walking activities bother me too, but this one really, really irritates me.

I've had the exact same feeling. Nothing would give me greater satisfaction than slapping their phone either A) onto the ground, or B) into their face. These days people can't tear themselves away from their constant entertainment even to cross the street.

So true. And a little trick I heard from a friend...the burying yourself in your smartphone works very well when you are walking head with someone and they've obviously wandered into your path on purpose (I still don't know why some people do this.)

9 times out of 10, if you break out your smartphone and pretend like you're texting changing songs or whatever, the person will magically get out of your way.

I usually try not to walk while I'm on my smartphone, and if I really need to text someone or find something on a map, I will find an empty space, and step to the side. I just don't like crowds or people walking on my heels anyways.



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Re: Smartphones Cause More Accidents, Fights
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2014, 08:33:03 am »
Yes! I absolutely agree with oatmealkooky and Action Jackson.

I deal with the cell phone driving situation on a regular basis. My apartment is about 40 minutes by car or nearly an hour by bus from my school and my co-teacher often gives me a ride. This is very nice of her, but she facebooks while driving and I find myself saying "Hey! I'm not ready to die!" a lot, usually when other drivers are blaring their horns at her.  It has been so bad that a man stopped short next to her at a traffic light and rolled his window down to scream at her until the light changed again. She doesn't seem to care. The alternative is waiting for the bus in the cold for up to 20 minutes (which can cause me to be a few minutes late for school) and also potentially causing ill feelings from declining her invitation for a ride.