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Nairobi News : December 6th 2013
12 Friday, Dec 6 - Sunday, Dec 8, 2013 nairobinews.co.ke No work | What next? So, why is everybody in headphones? Fad. They are the city’s latest craze. Everyone is listening to music or the radio as they walk or ride. But do they help or hinder? We set out to find the answers news What they say My ear plugs, my life. Simple and clear Deborah Okemwa: They help me kill boredom while walking in the streets. They have nothing to do with fashion, but a convenience for me. They also keep me focused. Moses Otieno:Mine are not for fashion. I use them to listen to the radio, especially when certain games are being played. Instead of eavesdropping on people’s conversations, you can listen to music. A Nairobian with earphones. Users say they make them retreat into their own world. File, NairobiNews WINNIE MABEL, NairobiNews email@example.com E arphones have contributed to a tremendous change in Nairobian culture. A while ago, only a few residents would wear them in public but they are now common. The age or occupation of the user does not really matter. Those interviewed gave a variety of reasons as to why they go for earphones. Brian Msafiri, a student at Nairobi Aviation College said the gadgets were a great tool for escape. They make him retreat into his world. Unwanted advances “When I have my earphones on, the outside world ceases to exist and I just flow with my music. To be honest, there are times I just want to be left alone,” he said. For him earphones not only offer a plug-in to 24-hour entertainment but also audio books that have made learning much easier. Mel Wanjiru, a part-time university A trader at the murky entrance to Wakulima Market on Landhies Road ponders his next move. Denish Ochieng, NairobiNews student, said her life would be in disarray without earphones. She never leaves them behind. She said they had helped ease the stress that came with being stuck in the infamous Jogoo Road traffic jams on her way to work. Wanjiru: I don’t need to know them and besides, we’re only stuck with each other for an hour or so. What would be the need?” “I’d rather be tuned in to my choice of music than just sit there bored stiff or listening to conversations between strangers,” she said. She also uses them to ward off un- wanted advances. According to her, she would rather listen to loud music or pretend to be than take time to know the person seated next to her in a matatu. “I don’t the need to know them and besides, we’re only stuck with each other for an hour or so. What would be the need?” she asked. But even with their convenience, earphones have been blamed for accidents in the city. An attendant at the busy Caltex petrol station in Donholm said he had witnessed seen pedestrians with earphones get hit by cars. “They don’t hear the vehicle ap- proaching. Sometimes they realise when it’s too late,” he said. People plugged in were also sus- ceptible to attacks by pickpockets and muggers. Ursula Akinyi, a KNH doctor said prolonged use of earphones, especially at loud volumes, could result in involuntary vibrations of the eardrum at normal sound levels. “The eardrums may be permanently damaged, leading to deafness. It is upon users to take care of themselves,” she said. Moses Macharia: They make answering calls easier, especially while walking. It is also hard for the phone to get stolen because it is in the pocket. The earphones are also a good tool for entertainment. They shut out any distractions. Martha Sodiit: They eliminate the perception of idling and are cool. Because they can be distracting while crossing the road, I usually pause the music and switch it on again when in the safety of the pavements.
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