posted on Jun, 26 2018 @ 07:18 AM
a reply to: Flyingclaydisk
Situational awareness is something I take very seriously. I am never JUST looking in a shop window, or JUST cleaning my sunglasses, or JUST looking at
my phone. I use reflections, shadows, footsteps, every tool visual and audiological to know where I am relative to every thing and everyone around me,
at all times. It is just good sense.
One thing you will never see me even LOOK like I am doing though, is crossing the street with my phone screen lit. That is just damned stupid,
especially given that there are an awful lot of people with driving permits in my country, who should not be allowed to have one at all, and on top of
that, drivers with no permit or insurance either, who bat out of hell it all over the place with no concern for a soul.
When it comes to people in the street, and walking, I take advantage of peripheral vision to avoid such conflicts as you are talking about if I have
my phone out, but more often than not, I prefer to have my phone in my pocket when actually under motion, especially in town center. There have been
thefts performed by cyclists with light fingers, literally taking phones out of peoples hands as they text or speak into them, so the fewest seconds
of exposure to that risk, that I can manage, the better. Also, making sure my phone is more often in the pocket than out of it, leaves my hands free
to deal with any matters arising, which might ruin the flow of my day.
I find using a phone overmuch in town, to be an unhelpful drain on my awareness as well, to be honest. I like to maintain as close to 360 degrees of
awareness as possible, for as much of the time as possible. I feel its a good way to reduce the likelihood of my becoming a victim of crime, and puts
me in a better position to be able to protect others from that likelihood as well.