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Five phone etiquettes rerquired in Nairobi

Undoubtedly, we have all experienced the frustration of encountering individuals who choose to station themselves squarely in the middle of walkways in the busy Nairobi’s Central Business District (CBD).

It is a scenario that unfolds all too often, exacerbated by those engrossed in their phone screens.

Such instances are not isolated; they are a pervasive feature of Nairobi CBD, creating a considerable obstacle course for those attempting to navigate through the city’s lively streets.

This is why you need to have the following phone etiquette tips while walking in Nairobi’s busy CBD to avoid causing distraction.

Step Aside for Calls

Making or receiving a phone call amid a crowded pedestrian area can disrupt the flow of foot traffic. Conversations may cause you to slow down, stop suddenly, or weave through the crowd, which can inconvenience others.

If you receive or need to make a phone call, step to the side of the pedestrian flow to avoid obstructing others.

This helps maintain a smooth flow of foot traffic and minimizes disruptions.

When stepping aside, try to move to an area where you are not blocking entrances, exits, or obstructing the natural path of others. This allows you to have your conversation without impeding the movement of those around you.

Stay aware of your surroundings

Keep your eyes on the path ahead and be aware of the people around you.

Avoid staring at your phone screen for extended periods to prevent collisions or tripping.

Looking down at your phone for extended periods increases the risk of tripping or stumbling over uneven surfaces, curbs, or obstacles. By maintaining awareness of the ground and your immediate surroundings, you reduce the likelihood of accidents and contribute to your safety.

Use earphones judiciously:

If you need to make a call, use hands-free options like earphones or Bluetooth to keep your hands free for navigating the crowded streets.

Keep the volume at a level where you can still hear external sounds for safety reasons.

Text responsibly

If you need to send a text or respond to messages, find a safe and less crowded spot to stop briefly.

Be efficient in your texting to avoid creating bottlenecks on busy sidewalks.

Be mindful of noise

Keep your phone’s ringer on silent or vibrate mode to minimize disturbances to those around you.

If you must take a call, move to a less congested area to minimize the impact on the busy environment.

Remember that being considerate of others in a busy CBD helps create a more harmonious and efficient pedestrian flow. Practicing good phone etiquette contributes to a safer and more pleasant experience for everyone in the bustling city centre.

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