People Watching

@Anne18 (11036)
November 26, 2011 8:03am CST
Do you love to people watch? I do. Where do you most like to people watch? I think big shopping centres are very good and supermarkets Have you any funny stories to share about when you have been people watching? Have a brill saturday afternoon.
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• United States
26 Nov 11
Well, as an aspiring writer, we have to people watch all of the time. People will think that we are strange or weird for doing so, but how do you think some of the greatest books in the world get written.
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@Anne18 (11036)
26 Nov 11
By people watching
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• United States
27 Nov 11
Yes, exactly. By people watching, you can gain all of the information that you need to write a great fictional book. I have heard of several authors who have said that some of their greatest ideas came from watching people.
@Anne18 (11036)
27 Nov 11
Yes that is so true. Just think if you travelled to work on a bus every day what stories you could write about your fellow passagers... remember The Lilac Bus written my Maeve Binchy, that was like that
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@meticulo (1260)
• Philippines
26 Nov 11
I like to watch people as they come and go in the mall or in any other places but it really makes me dizzy. There's one time I was watching a classy fashionable woman who passed by me. My attention was focused on her that I almost ate the paper at the bottom of an ice cream. I was so ashamed because there's one guy who noticed what I did. I love watching women who wear clothes fashionably. It makes me speechless.I wish I am like them.lol
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@BarBaraPrz (14231)
• Hamilton, Ontario
26 Nov 11
Hmmm... watching someone watching someone else... wonder if anyone was watching him?
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@Anne18 (11036)
26 Nov 11
I wonder
@WakeUpKitty (8726)
• Netherlands
26 Nov 11
I have no special place where I like to watch them, am always observing. Abroad is the most interesting but I also get a lot of info over here. Can't say I saw really funny stories, more how people manipulate, use others to make them do things without knowing, be aware of it or any shame. I always wonder how come so many people don't notice it. Perhaps it happens everywhere around us even with very small things?
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@Anne18 (11036)
26 Nov 11
Thank you so very much for taking part in my discussion, its funny how many people do like ot people watch and get such good fun out of people watching
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@joni1215 (394)
• United States
26 Nov 11
Yes, I love to people watch. It's so much fun. When I was younger our town would have all the stores stay open late on Friday night. And that was the past time. To go and sit and people watch.
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@Anne18 (11036)
26 Nov 11
You can learn so much about people you konw and don't know by watching them. Its also a very free activity to pass the time
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@Jlyn10 (9222)
• Malaysia
26 Nov 11
This is what I like to do most of the time. I watch people whenever I am out of the house. It's kind of interesting to watch what people do and their reactions. Even when they are far away, I would always wonder to myself what could they be talking about.
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@Anne18 (11036)
26 Nov 11
It can be good to put words into their mouths as to what you think they would be saying, and funny if you can get closer and find they are saying nothing like you think they are saying
@Jlyn10 (9222)
• Malaysia
27 Nov 11
Yea, it would be fun. But the things they are saying is usually not what you expected.
@Anne18 (11036)
27 Nov 11
That can be so true and can be very funny sometimes
@drannhh (14665)
• United States
2 Dec 11
Yes, I like to people watch and also to animal watch, especially wild little things like squirrels in a forest. It is sort of fun to watch people win money in casinos. I don't gamble as much as I go to eat. Watching people in the buffets can be gross, though, because of the way some people wolf down the food!
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@MsTickle (23651)
• Australia
2 Dec 11
If you ever get the opportunity to watch ants...do so. They are fascinating to watch - it's better if it's a small colony and if you can get up close to watch.
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@drannhh (14665)
• United States
4 Dec 11
There are many different sizes and colors of ants and I do enjoy watching them. If I had to have a favorite insect, ants would be right up there with dragonflies.
@Anne18 (11036)
10 Dec 11
I have only heard of little black ants that are very common in the garden, red ants and flying ants
• United States
26 Nov 11
Sometimes it is fun to just sit there if you are at the mall and you are getting tired from shopping and so you find a bench to sit on and just watch the people.
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@Anne18 (11036)
26 Nov 11
Mothers with children are very funny as well, espically when they know they are being watched as there behaviour can change very suddenly.. I've been there, done that and got the t shirt
• United States
27 Nov 11
l.o.l.
@Anne18 (11036)
27 Nov 11
That was funny my friend, I'm sure many of us on here have done that, I know I have
• United States
26 Nov 11
I actually do like to people watch. I observe all sorts of things. i do not usually just sit like in a mall or park and watch. I do observe those around me as I am doing my own shopping. It's always interesting how they interact (and sometimes disturbing) and the types of things they purchase.
@Anne18 (11036)
26 Nov 11
And standing behind somone at the till is good, seeing what they have in there basket, espically if the person doesn't look that sort of person ot have that item in their baskets!
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• United States
26 Nov 11
Yes, it's so fun to try and figure out why they are buying that particular item combination! lol!
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@Anne18 (11036)
26 Nov 11
And if they see you looking and they are the right sort of person to make chat they will make some comment about what is in there basket
@bhanusb (5709)
• India
26 Nov 11
Hi Anne, When I go to shopping centers I see the beautiful girls. I feel pleasure to observe pretty ladies. I think it's a natural tendency.
@Jlyn10 (9222)
• Malaysia
26 Nov 11
Haha! You are right, it's natural. And there's no harm in watching them but not when the boyfriend is around.
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@Anne18 (11036)
26 Nov 11
Just do it so the boyfriend doesn't know that you are doing it! I think all boys look at the pretty girls, the pretty girls also do like ot be looked at
@jjzone44 (917)
• United States
26 Nov 11
I like to people watch in Las Vegas. There are so many people from so many different parts of the world, and you get to see how each reacts to the sights and sounds there. I have been there many times, so I tend to have a specific place I want to go and head their directly. However you can tell the many people who are first time visitors because they tend to stop and point out everything along the way, snapping photographs and taking video. It's really a great place to be!
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@Anne18 (11036)
27 Nov 11
It is good to watch visiters in your home town as they do see things so differently to us and it can also re open our eyes to some of the sights in our home town
• Canada
26 Nov 11
I find that the best place for people watching is at an outdoor cafe in a really really big city like Toronto. ;)
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@Anne18 (11036)
26 Nov 11
outdoor cafes are good as well as people forget that they are sitting outside and that more people can see them
26 Nov 11
I have been an avid people-watcher all my life and will continue to be so. There is nothing as fascinating as human behaviour and dress-sense. I also like to see how they react to each other, whether they are quietly-spoken or shout as if the whole world is deaf! Having been a teacher, I also like to see how adults behave around children and whether they are good examples for them or bad.
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@Anne18 (11036)
26 Nov 11
Thank you so much for your reply. So many people watcher's on here, perhaps someone should make it into an intrest, I can't as pc thick but I would add it to my list and be a very avid reader of it, would be so enlighting as to would be written
• India
26 Nov 11
Whenever I travel, whether domestic or international, I get amused at the way people from different cultural contexts conduct themselves. Overseas travel generally has been business combined with pleasure. Starting with the way groups of people of different ethnicity and continents behave at the airports, while embarking & disembarking as well as on board during travel is an interesting observation I do not miss. Different types of behavior is a good study in understanding & analyzing human psychology. There are people who just remain oblivious of everything and maintain absolute stoic silence no matter the journey is some twenty hours long. They just remain couched in a corner, may be with some book & themselves. Then there are the types who demand all attention for them all the time and try throwing tantrums just to throw their weight around under an illusion that other people perceive them as being very important. On a trip to US in 2003 for a three week training, we were a batch of people from many Asian, African, Russian and Latin American countries. There was this Russian girl-I have her name still distinct in memory: Ludmila Kozanova- who was such a hungry girl, it made me think what could have been wrong with her. She was a voracious eater for her frail frame!. Before the sessions started every one would take a good buffet breakfast and so would she. But the moment she entered the program hall, she would grab some cookies & fruits for constant feeding through the sessions. And again at lunch time, she would grab any stuff that was still at the side table. Poor Ludmila, could never get herself full & satiated. There are many more such special people I have met while traveling out. There was another Mongolean girl in another program, but I'll refrain from going on & on about my people watching with so much already a rant!
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@Anne18 (11036)
26 Nov 11
Thank you so very much for a very detailed response. Very interesting reading my dear friend
@surekharathi (14144)
• India
26 Nov 11
Hahah... nice discussion but I always watch people but people not watch me. Because I never give the chance to watch the people to me if anyone seeing my side and if my attention give their side I ask what happened why you are watching again and again any problem or you need some help then the person not see me ahha...
@Anne18 (11036)
26 Nov 11
Thank you for replying to my discussion, its good that lots of people like ot people watch
@coffeebreak (17829)
• United States
26 Nov 11
Oh my gosh, yes I do! And in Las Vegas it is the best place EVER to watch people! All kinds there! We used to live there few years back and that is what we'd do! SIt in front of a casino and just watch and have a blast! People are crazy silly any more! But the sites you'd see...so many times it 'd be "oh my gosh, she wore that out of the house?" or "he forgot to take his pajamas off" etc. Today, it isn't as much fun as people don't seem to care how they dress...junky, crappy, sloppy, whatever and it "people watching" isn't a novelty anymore! They look like that all the time! But yeah, shopping centers are a good place to. Indoor malls out here in CA are good. I just don't get why people don't have any pride in their apprearance anymore. They go out in slippers, and of course the styles these days are no help at all! But...it is a nice silly afternoon activity that reduces stress and makes you feel good just to do nothing!
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@Anne18 (11036)
26 Nov 11
Yes I totally agree with you it is a nice silly afternoon activity that can reduce stress and make you feel good. I bet many writers get many ideas for there work by people watching
@BarBaraPrz (14231)
• Hamilton, Ontario
26 Nov 11
I used to work with a woman who liked to go out to the airport and look for spies...
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@Anne18 (11036)
26 Nov 11
AND.... did she find any spies!!!! Just think if she did she could get a new job at the airport! I'm sure they would be very quick to employ her
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@celticeagle (66608)
• Boise, Idaho
27 Nov 11
I do like to people watch. Where ever I go. Used to do it alot while setting waiting for my daughter at the mall. People are funny sometimes, even alittle odd. How self involved they are. This human personality is such that I am always curious about what makes people tick.
@Anne18 (11036)
27 Nov 11
I don't suppose we will ever know what makes us tick as we all tick so differently
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@Anne18 (11036)
28 Nov 11
Well we must have loads in common as we keep popping pu together to talk to each other
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@celticeagle (66608)
• Boise, Idaho
29 Nov 11
I think that is it.
@MsTickle (23651)
• Australia
2 Dec 11
I love to people watch. It became especially interesting after I studied a book called Body Language. It's a fascinating study and you can see all sorts of things when people interact when you know what to look for. I used to get bored travelling to work on the train. I would always sit in the compartment where the passengers sat on a long row of seats facing each other. I would deliberately do the biggest yawn...with sound effects... and then sit back and watch to see how many people followed suit...you know what it's like...someone yawns and it sets off a chain reaction. I could amuse myself this way for some time.
@Anne18 (11036)
2 Dec 11
And as soon as they know you are watching there behaviour changes
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@MsTickle (23651)
• Australia
2 Dec 11
You're right! it does. One has to learn to be subtle.
@Anne18 (11036)
3 Dec 11
And watch people as if you are actually watching someone else, a new skill you have to learn to people watch 100%
@ShyBear88 (11943)
• United States
28 Nov 11
I do love to people watch. I like goin to the mall or amusement parks to see bi groups of people walking around and interacting together. I haven't seen any thing funny. At the movies a few might some beets rude young teens and some very rude 20 something years olds.
@Anne18 (11036)
28 Nov 11
So pleased that you like people watching as well, I'm sure you will have a story to tell us very soon
@ShyBear88 (11943)
• United States
29 Nov 11
When I see something good mylot will know it.
@Anne18 (11036)
29 Nov 11
I'm waiting!!!!
• Canada
28 Nov 11
I love people watching so much that I have made a career out of it as a Surveillance operator ;) You see some very interesting things. Due to a confidentiality clause I cant tell you any specific examples but yeah! I love to people watch! lol
@Anne18 (11036)
28 Nov 11
So very well done on getting a job out of a hobby. I'm sure you are very good at your job, sorry oyu can't share with us, but totally understand
• Canada
29 Nov 11
arent hobbies how most jobs start? you love bugs and animals and catching them when your a kid, studying them, what they eat... so you become a zoologist or entymologist... you love wrapping people in bandages and pretending to take care of the sick... so you become a nurse or doctor... you collect stamps so you become a postman. lol most jobs stem from a hobby.
@Anne18 (11036)
29 Nov 11
I hadn't thought of it like that, thanks for bringing that to our notice