I’m sure there are hundreds, maybe thousands of dangerous things in the world that people regard as safe. However, after a man asked a men’s forum for their best examples, here is what they agreed on. Do you?
It is evident by the way many people drive that they don’t realize how dangerous automobiles are. Otherwise, I wouldn’t see so many distracted drivers on their phones. As a parent, you’re setting that precedent for your kids.
Would you want your 16-year-old on their phone during the beginning years of driving? Without a doubt, if they see you doing it, they will be. As for everyone else, put your phones down and put your eyes on the road.
After checking out some motorcycle statistics, I understand why my father was terrified at the prospect of me getting on a motorcycle. Did you know the chances of a fatality in a motorcycle accident are approximately 30 times higher than in a car?
Also, “Motorcycle accidents have a staggering 80% injury or death rate, while car accidents remain around 20%. Riders over 40 are around 20 times more likely to be injured in the case of an accident than car drivers of the same age.”
Although motorcycles only account for 3% of registered vehicles, they are responsible for over 5% of highway-related fatalities.
3. Rushing Water
Many people don’t realize that a cubic meter of water weighs around one ton. As one person notes: “That’s just a little heavier than a fully grown bison.” So it doesn’t take much water to “fling you around like a limp ragdoll.”
“People often use waves at the beach as a frame of reference for how strong water can be, which is terrible as waves rapidly lose energy once they reach their zenith. Rushing flood waters often gain energy as they move and will very easily carry you away without a second thought.”
Alcohol is advertised as a fun social norm while being easily accessible and cheap (compared to other substances). Because it is socially acceptable, more people are willing to try it before other substances, too.
Nonetheless, it’s extremely dangerous. It’s the most abused substance on the planet. It destroys and even takes lives. But it doesn’t stop society from embracing it as “Just a way to unwind.”
Overeating is a dangerous activity that people often don’t treat as such until they are suffering the consequences. A self-identified “formerly obese” person warns: “Lose the weight slowly, folks trust me, don’t chase the shortcuts and magic pills, they only lead to more weight at the end.”
Do you run up and down the stairs? Are your eyes on your phone instead of on the staircase in front of you? It can have deadly consequences — as 12,000 stairway accident deaths occur annually. There are over a million injuries resulting from falling down the stairs.
Gambling is a literal waste of money that, like other addictions, can quickly derail you. After working in a casino, I can tell you some people are there daily. I don’t know how. But casinos aren’t the only culprit feeding this dangerous activity and addiction.
There are sports betting advertisements everywhere, roping more people in. Lottery scratch tickets and online gambling games. A forum member adds: “Not to mention options trading on places like Robinhood. It’s just a bad idea.
If my undergrad in finance told me anything, it’s that if you’re smart enough to trade well, you’re smart enough to know that options trading is gambling with extra steps. It’s always all in the price. No random dude is outsmarting Wall Street’s pricing market.”
8. Watching Short Content Videos
Watching endless short videos on social media and YouTube shorts destroys attention spans. TikTok and Facebook Reels release dopamine hits, conditioning your brain to want more. And the algorithm will happily continue to feed you more and more of whatever you’re watching.
The result? You can’t be bothered to watch a five-minute video. When you watch movies, are you still scrolling or reaching for your phone frequently? I’m guilty of this; it is dangerous and a massive waste of time.
I cringe whenever I think of oiling up with baby oil before laying out in the sun for hours as a tween and teen. The perfect tan was an activity. However, as many warn, you must wear sunscreen or risk getting Melanoma skin cancer. Excessive exposure to the sun also ages people’s skin quickly. We’ve all seen the folks who look like leather. It’s not a good look.
10. Street Fights
Physical violence can lead to permanent injuries and even death. Plenty of people have killed someone while engaging in a street fight. All it takes is them falling and cracking their head on a rock or hitting them too hard in the right spot. I love what one member says: “You win every fight you don’t participate in.”
Several people are surprised that many don’t think pregnancy is a big deal. If you’re thinking about deaths from hypertensive disorders, hemorrhage, or sepsis, think again. According to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the leading cause of death for pregnant women is homicide due to: “A deadly mix of intimate partner violence and firearms.” That is an alarming fact.
12. Walking On or Near Train Tracks
I can’t help but immediately think of the train scene in Stand By Me. Did you know train accidents are the leading cause of death for pedestrians in America? Thousands of train pedestrian accidents result in injury annually. Around 300 people die from pedestrian train accidents each year.
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Is there anything you do or notice others doing like they are safe when they aren’t? While I am confident, the list is long — after someone asked an internet community: “What’s really dangerous but everyone treats it like it’s safe?” — Here are their honest confessions. Do you agree?
15 American Customs That Foreigners Admit Make Absolutely No Sense
I recently ran into a fun question on a popular internet forum. A member asked the Non-Americans what American custom makes no sense to them. Here are their honest confessions.
15 Once True Things That Are No Longer Truth Anymore — Do You Remember?
So many things that were once true in my lifetime are no longer true today. For example, my math teacher told us we needed to learn math because we wouldn’t carry a calculator in our pocket all day. While it’s still true that you need to learn math, you do have that calculator today. Here are several other former truths.
Elizabeth Ervin is the owner of Sober Healing. She is a freelance writer passionate about opioid recovery and has celebrated breaking free since 09-27-2013. She advocates for mental health awareness and encourages others to embrace healing, recovery, and spirituality.