Mobile Phone Earphones/Head Phones Are They Death Traps?
February 23, 2012 10:21pm CST
In India we have many Railway crossings which don't have over bridges and people are suppose to wait till the train passes the track! The traffic is managed by the gate along with a responsible gate man attending it ! In spite of that people gate crash and cross the railway crossing who are on their feet! This is a common feature which has been followed for last many years at various big and small places in India. But in the recent past youngsters who are using head phones or ear phones and listening the music by using the mobile phones are in their own World while listening to the music and they don't have any sense or conciousness about the surroundings! Their concentration is all on the music only! Because of this they even miss the shrilling horn of the approaching train! Because of this there have been more than 20 accidents so far, as I have witnessed on the TV since the tart of this year! This is the report what has been recorded and reported! Just imagine there must have been many such incidences occurring on daily basis where the accidents might getting missed to get reported! In my opinion, the ear phones / head phones are becoming death traps for youngsters and their use in the public places and on the road while walking should be strictly banned! Have you ever heard anything like this ? What is your valuable opinion about it! Kindly respond! Your response will be highly appreciated! Thanks!
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• Bhubaneswar, India
24 Feb 12
Hi AKRao Great discussion for many. Personally, I think, Indians are not still used to these Gadgets. Though the Cellphones are quite useful, but we havent got used to the right ways to using them. As such, I will not blame the technology here. I am really sad to see the mobiles flashing and ringing at the cinema halls, at the hospitals (where they categorically mention NOT TO USE Them or even in the Silent Mode), at the classrooms, and so what if on the roads or even the traffic crossings. If we dont use them the right way, we HAVE NO RIght to blame any Technology for our fault. I know one thing - it is my life, and my cell phone. I decide how I live, how I stay safe and how I use these gadgets. But then, I am also scared that I might use it the right way, but others may not and their wrong use or abuse may bring me some bad. (I know I can be hit by anyone talking over the phone while driving no matter I use it or not)
24 Feb 12
Hello Dear Sids! How are you?!!! Meeting after a long gap! Hope everything is fine at your end! I agree with your views that though we Indians have started using the mobile phones now more than 8 to 10 years, we have not developed the mobile phone mannerisms as yet! Like you said I have seen many people keeping their phones on in the movie theatre and even have seen them talking while the movie is going on with out bothering about others!Using mobile phones in Hospitals and other Silence zone is also very irritating thing, which people never realise, how troublesome can that be to the suffering patients who wants to take rest in peace! Some people don't even bother to say 'Excuse me' before picking up the phone and getting engrossed themselves in the talking, while they are conversing with us! I feel very bad and feel neglected in such a situation! This is against the mannerisms to do so. Keeping the phones on during the important meetings or conferences etc is again is very irritating for the people participating in there! The meaningless ring tones and cheap songs used as ring tones are added miseries to he existing trouble! Using the mobile phone in the public toilets like in Malls and multiplexes is horrible thing one can imagine! Using the earphones to listen the music or to make call divert their attention from the surroundings and this can be very dangerous if they are using them while on walk in traffic! The volume of the earphones must be really too loud because of which they are unable to listen anything happening around them , leading to accidents! Yes, you are right it is your phone and you can use as per your wish! And yes you may follow the rules of the game, but what will happen if the others using the head phones or earphones come and dash you while you are on road? Thus today's situation is unruly and it is high time now government should get itself involved in this matter and come up with some strict rules where by the people should not use the earphones/ head phones in public places! They should be heavily penalised so that these things are not repeated!Like using mobile phones whole driving is an offense and it is strictly followed in Delhi as people are afraid of heavy penalty! Similar thing has to be adopted for use of head phones in public places to save the precious lives of youngsters! Thanks a lot dear Sids for your lovely response! I liked it!
• Bhubaneswar, India
25 Feb 12
Thanks for appreciation dear AKRao. I am doing better and hope you are doing good. I had done a portrait of my friends here - http://www.mylot.com/w/image/2542269.aspx and you can find yourself on the section which contains all my family members whom I want to see more often About the dicussion - yes, they have introduced fines for abusers in the traffic, but as I said, technology comes into play - people have started using those bluetooth enables devices for headsets etc which fit in smoothly in the helmets and chances of getting caught are reduced. And the sets come with FM enabled features so even if you are not talking, you can listen to songs and radio while driving... endangering yourself and others! I would suggest organizing awareness programs will help more instead of the Penalties.. Logic: A person who rides a Bike (costing INR 50,000+, using a cellphone of 10,000+) will have no problems shelling out 1,000 as a penalty, and it would only anger the teen or the twenty odd guy and try to break the law again - taking care not to be caught
24 Feb 12
yeah my friend there are many accident happening in india now days because of earphone.and all the accident happened only with youngsters.and i don't understand how they did not hear the horn of train because their horns are very laud and if are listening a earphone you can easily hear trains horn.but i think their is more things about these accidents that is earliness to cross the track of train.
24 Feb 12
Hi AKRao, I have been thinking about the same recently. I have been watching the same when I travel in busy, 90 percent passengers are busy with their earphones and enjoying music. Major part of people is holding their mobile in hand and busy on listening music and they divert their attention when they gets call. Some are busy on texting and some are on chatting through net. When they are in bus it won't make any dangers but on road it create troubles, they can't listen the outside sound properly and their concentration is on music only I hate somebody asks anything to me while keeping the same in ear when I am in bus. I prefer to give my answer by action because I know they can't listen my words and I can't scream in bus. Definitely this trend is dangerous than giving pleasure.
24 Feb 12
Maybe the government shall start making those bridges for crossings. I agree that these gadgets are causing a lot of accidents, particularly road accidents these days. Drivers who are texting or talking with their mobiles while driving is too risky. Drivers using earphones and listening to music while driving is another example. And yes, people who are listening with music using earphones while walking/crossing the streets also cause/meet accident. Sometimes it is the persons negligence too-people are becoming too careless/carefree these days.