Fair enough. People of our age do slip into old misogynist social norms sometimes and the young ones are right to call that out.My use of a female pronoun was a function of my failing memory: I incorrectly remembered the rollover victim being a female TV personality. That’s my error.
I don't think it's a different world view, I do think young people are over protected now. There is a lot to be learned from minor injuries which young people aren't learning. But anyway...As to the rest of your post, I conclude we simply have wildly divergent world views.
You may find it interesting, challenging, or worthwhile working on an “interface” that will train people like me into new behaviors but, like many others, I’m comfortable with behaviors that have worked safely for me for five or six decades. As long as I’m not hurting anybody else, and I’m not, I’d prefer to be left alone with functional products that work.
My point is that user interface designers specifically support older methodologies whenever they can. It's part of designing human-machine interfaces that work for everyone. But when safety is involved, hands are tied. People rarely take full responsibility for accidents. They file lawsuits either to not accept blame themselves, out of greed, or they are financially forced to in order to cover medical expenses and lost income. So it is actually hurting someone else, financially. There is no direct desire to protect people from themselves, there is a strong desire to protect the company from people's lawsuits. Protecting people from themselves is just a means to an end. So don't blame the designers and engineers. Blame users, Congress and the judiciary. People voted this into existence.
Oh, it's definitely not. I'm all for safety features but only if they do more good than harm. That isn't always the case.And let’s not pretend that the gas can example is an isolated one.
They're is actually something to be said for this kid. That person less likely to take risks and is more focused on their surroundings. When you don someone in full protective gear, human nature causes them to skew their risk tolerance to compensate. Often to a greater degree than the protective gear warrants. This carries over into vehicles as well. Today's drivers are far more comfortable with being unskilled and inattentive than drivers were without all the safety features. But that is the direction all these safety laws are pushing things. The inevitable conclusion is fully autonomous vehicles. Something I find very, very boring, sedentary and unhealthy.When I see a kid ride by on a sport-bike with shorts, flip-flops, and no helmet I think he’s an idiot