Avoid Running Into People By Keeping Your Eyes On Your Destination

We’ve all had those moments while making our way through a large crowd where you run into someone or end up doing the left-to-right dance to try and get around them. You can easily avoid these awkward collisions by staring at your destination — not the other people.

Photo by Dylan Passmore.

Fantastically named Redditor poo_smudge explains this clever solution to a strangely common problem:

When I walk through large crowds of people, to avoid walking into anyone, I simply stare at my destination. I look no one in the eyes. People actually will watch your eyes and they avoid the direction you are going. If I look into people’s eyes as we are walking into each other, we are sure to collide. You have to let people know where you intend to go with your eyes. It always works for me, try it!

Never again will you have to endure the awkward back-and-forth that ensues when you stride headfirst into a stranger. We’ve shared one tip for avoiding this before, but watching your destination seems a bit less awkward — not to mention safer — than staring at their feet.

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