July 8th, 2008

Keep the "Near Ear" Open

by Jacqueline Whitmore

Due to the overwhelming response to National Cellphone Courtesy Month, I have been receiving several tips and tools to conquer cell phone incivility. One response I received was from a cell phone user concerned with cell phone safety. Mark Pines came up with the “Near Ear” concept in an effort to keep a sharp eye out for cars and pedestrians. Mark noticed people talking on cell phones in crowds and traffic. He saw how they often placed themselves needlessly in danger by blocking out their surroundings. By using their cell phone on the ear facing oncoming traffic, they were limiting their ability to hear and see vehicles heading their way. Pines named the ear facing oncoming traffic the Near Ear. Keeping the Near Ear open gives a cell phone user full sound and vision of traffic. Great concept, Mark!

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One Response to “Keep the "Near Ear" Open”

  1. Near Ear Forum on July 20th, 2008 12:11 am

    For more information on The Near Ear Forum for Cell Phone Safety, visit http://nearear.org You can also sign the mailing list and receive updates as they happen – Mark Pines ;>)

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