According to a new study from the online journal Injury Prevention, the last six years has seen a dramatic increase in the number of headphones-wearing people who were hit by a goddamn car or bus or something, nearly triple the number of headphones-wearing people who were hit by a goddamn car or bus or something in 2005. Researchers found that 34 of the total 116 cases “specifically mention horns or sirens being sounded before the victims were struck”—horns or sirens that went completely ignored by headphones-wearing people who probably just assumed that they were the airhorn-blasts from the Lil Wayne song on their special, “Getting Hit By A Goddamn Car Or Bus Or Something” playlist. Faced with these findings, researchers concluded that headphones that deprive pedestrians of such “auditory cues” could “be a unique problem” when it comes to preventing such accidents. However, the article stops short of making any actionable recommendations for how we as a society can combat this “unique problem,” suggesting that they’re just content to let evolution run its course on this one.
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