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Walking whilst reading
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brian


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Post: #1
15-11-2011 12:30 PM

Have others come along this growing trend of persons reading a book whilst walking and also listening on their personal hi fi .

These people have no idea what people or obstacles are ahead.

I really am speechless ( not often in that position ).

If someone does this would appreciate their comments.

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wayfarer


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Post: #2
15-11-2011 12:47 PM

I have always felt that these people trying to demonstrate that they can read. Those that read, and listen to music, are just trying to prove that they can multi task.

Now, those that can read, listen to music and chew gum...

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Joffe


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Post: #3
15-11-2011 12:48 PM

It's actually quite easy to read whilst walking. As long as you're looking up slightly to maximise your periferral vision.

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psyche9


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Post: #4
16-11-2011 06:44 AM

I haven't noticed this particularly but I have noticed,
for some considerable time,
an idiotic lack of consideration for any fellow passengers on the pavement afforded by people plugged into mobile devices of any kind.

Some seem to be unable to walk two steps without being plugged into a social network and show no consideration for the flesh and blood network they are trampling, banging into, elbowing, impending by swaying around, or deafening with appalling music and bellowed conversation.

I am amazed to hear these people can also read - unless it is textspeak.

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brian


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Post: #5
16-11-2011 10:20 AM

Well written psyche . I could not have composed better myself. A rival for The Gettysburg Address.

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tinyem


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Post: #6
16-11-2011 01:51 PM

I do sometimes walk whilst I read, making sure that I look up frequently to see what is going on around me. I wouldn't dream of doing this if I was unable to hear approaching people/traffic etc. It just sounds downright dangerous! I also wouldn't do it on roads I don't know - on my route home I know where the problems on the pavement might be!

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IWereAbsolutelyFuming


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Joined: Oct 2007
Post: #7
16-11-2011 02:17 PM

There is only one solution...licence people who walk and read

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Joffe


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Post: #8
16-11-2011 03:19 PM

Quote:
There is only one solution...licence people who walk and read


Absoultely. Or accuse everyone who has a book/legs of doing it?

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brian


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Post: #9
16-11-2011 03:43 PM

I am only wondering why they expect every one else to get out of their way.

Would be great watching two of them walk into each other.

A walking reader with an i pod is a muggers dream I would think.

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Perryman


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Post: #10
16-11-2011 05:16 PM

Quote:
There is only one solution...licence people who walk and read


Quite right.
They should walk in the road or are they too scared?

I pushed one into a wall the other day - pretty nasty, but I'm a surgeon so that's OK.Wink

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john-f


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Post: #11
16-11-2011 09:01 PM

Quote:
Would be great watching two of them walk into each other.


What actually happens is that they step out into the road directly into the path of a cyclist (well, into the path of one of the few that actualy bother riding in the road)

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michael


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Post: #12
22-11-2011 08:17 AM

Technology to the rescue!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-15817316

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john-f


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Post: #13
22-11-2011 10:53 AM

But why not go the whole hog and have a usb port at the back of your head so you can connect your device straight into the brain!

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