Death by iPod… True Story

A few weeks ago we published a post entitled: If You’re a Regular Facebook & Twitter Updater… Be Ware of the Consequences! At the point, I was trying to show our readers how the use of social media can be dangerous and even fatal at times. However, what I was lacking was numbers for proof.

Just 2 days ago, I read an article online which backs up that point and further stresses the point that social media and technology could kill you:

iPod Death Ad

iPod Death Ad

A 46-year-old woman has been reportedly wearing headphones when she was knocked down and killed by an ambulance last Saturday night. There is speculation she might not have heard the ambulance siren when crossing Parramatta Road at Mallett Street at Camperdown.

DEATH by iPod is being blamed as a contributing factor to the 25 per cent rise in the number of pedestrian fatalities in the New South Whales, a province in Australia. Australian cops blame Apple!

The ”iPod zombie trance” people get into when walking, driving or pedaling around listening to their mobile devices is being blamed for an increase in collisions and even deaths in Europe and the US.

Harold Scruby, of the Pedestrian Council of Australia, said research into deaths resulting from people not paying attention to traffic while using mobile devices was scant in NSW. ”Death by iPod’ is a relatively new phenomenon so it may be slow in showing up because it can sometimes be a year between the fatality and the coroner’s finding,” he said. ”But we should be asking ourselves why are total road deaths declining while pedestrian fatalities continue to escalate? Maybe listening devices could be part of the explanation.”

Interesting view Mr. Scruby.

How about you: Do you agree that this correlation is valid? Do you really think as technology advances we are placed more and more in harms way?

Looking forward to your feedback and insights down below…

Comments and Reactions

6 responses to “Death by iPod… True Story”

  1. Amer Kawar says:

    I was about to be one of those 25% a few years ago. Loud music + autopilot walking is not a good mix.

  2. Julie says:

    Wow, very impactful! I comment about this every time I see someone in the States walking in traffic, riding a bike, even driving a car with them. Thanks for posting.

  3. All says:

    This is terrible – killed by an ipod?

  4. thejas says:

    Awesome Post……

  5. M.Bamieh says:

    This should be a darwin award candidate, i'm all for natural selection

  6. Austinjennings2011 says:


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