Do You Like To People Watch?

@simone10 (22269)
Louisville, Kentucky
November 25, 2015 5:14am CST
When I was growing up, my mother used to love to people watch. Whenever we would go to a restaurant in the mall, she would pick a table close to the entrance so she could watch people walk by. Now she wasn't subtle at all. If someone caught her looking at them, she would just stare them down. I would get so embarrassed but it never bothered her at all. I wonder now what she was thinking as she watched all these people walk by. I do find myself people watching now but when I do, I am much more subtle about it. I will look away if someone happens to catch my eye. Most of the time, I am wondering about the people I see and what goes on in their lives. Why are they in such a hurry? Do they have problems going on in their lives like I do? Do they have a loving family or are they all alone? Things like that always cross my mind. Do you like to people watch? What are you thinking as these people walk by?
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@BelleStarr (30999)
• Portland, Connecticut
25 Nov 15
Sometimes I do, I enjoy seeing what they are wearing I really never try to figure out anything about them. Pretty much I have so much on my mind that I am oblivious to what is going on around me when I sit at a restaurant. lol
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@simone10 (22269)
• Louisville, Kentucky
26 Nov 15
I do that too sometimes, in my own world and staring off into space while people watching.
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@BelleStarr (30999)
• Portland, Connecticut
26 Nov 15
@simone10 I use every moment I can to just think when it is relatively peaceful. lol Happy Thanksgiving.
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@simone10 (22269)
• Louisville, Kentucky
29 Nov 15
@BelleStarr You always have so much going on that I can understand why you take every free moment to think about things.
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@birjudanak (7166)
• India
25 Nov 15
its really something different but pointed topic,most of people have this kind of habits but i like to enjoy it and we always looking for different thing then common.when i in restaurant i first see their dress-up the see their faces so if they are happy to come here or just bring by someone by force.then also see they just come for dinner or also want to enjoy with it because i saw some family who is very serious at dinner and not speak and we enjoy them.and some are over enjoy by shouting and just imagine that if they are here this then how at home or office.
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@simone10 (22269)
• Louisville, Kentucky
26 Nov 15
I agree that a lot of people do like to people watch and see if we have anything in common with the people we are watching.
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• India
26 Nov 15
@simone10 we are finding common thing but some are finding funny thing in them and think long like look at man he is looking old and girl looking very young(comments passing). Some do bet what they order.
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@simone10 (22269)
• Louisville, Kentucky
29 Nov 15
@birjudanak Yes, some people do look to find funny things in others.
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@sofssu (14742)
25 Nov 15
I am always people watching, at a party or a social gathering. I don't place myself in a conspicuous position to watch people but I blend with my surroundings to watch them. If I like some conversation I join them in small social groups.
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@simone10 (22269)
• Louisville, Kentucky
26 Nov 15
I try and do that too, not be conspicuous when I people watch.
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@sofssu (14742)
26 Nov 15
@simone10 Its fun isn't it? I am a little shy so it suits me to watch people and socialize with those whom I would have no issues getting along with.
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@simone10 (22269)
• Louisville, Kentucky
29 Nov 15
@sofssu Yes, it can be a lot of fun to watch people busy with their lives.
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@JudyEv (96469)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Nov 15
I am really curious about people too. I wonder what their stories are, are they happy, etc. I also like to watch the body language which often tells you a lot.
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@simone10 (22269)
• Louisville, Kentucky
26 Nov 15
I never thought about body language. I'll have to start watching for that. To me, one of the best places to people watch is at the airport. I like to have my imagination run wild as to where everyone is going.
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@JudyEv (96469)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Nov 15
@simone10 I find airports rather strange and often a bit traumatic. Many people seem to be very sad about parting from loved ones as you can imagine. There is this ambivalence about whether they are happy to be going or not. Only those who are leaving without any family seeing them off seem at ease.
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@simone10 (22269)
• Louisville, Kentucky
29 Nov 15
@JudyEv I guess I haven't come across a lot of that. Most of the people I have noticed at airports don't have anyone with them.
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@gudheart (12804)
25 Nov 15
I am the same. That is why I like watching Big Brother or reality shows (although maybe most are not reality!) as I am interested in human behaviour.
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@simone10 (22269)
• Louisville, Kentucky
26 Nov 15
Maybe that is why I like watching Big Brother and some other reality shows because you get an inside view of their lives.
@Rosekitty (19500)
• San Marcos, Texas
26 Nov 15
when i was a young girl we lived on the top floor of a duplex and we would entertain ourselves watching the people walk by..it was fun cause they never noticed us since we were far up, but if i people watched as i got older, i would smile back if someone spotted me looking..just to let them know i was caught and they attracted my attention..
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@simone10 (22269)
• Louisville, Kentucky
26 Nov 15
I would do that also if I got caught. Most of the time I would look away right in the nick of time before they saw me looking.
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• Philippines
26 Nov 15
@rosekitty most people would look away. i guess smiling back is better and might even get a friendly or positive reaction.
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@Rosekitty (19500)
• San Marcos, Texas
26 Nov 15
@hereandthere @simone10..I hope i at least helped by smiling and improved their day!
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@antonbunot (9281)
• Calgary, Alberta
25 Nov 15
O, I also do that! But I only people-watch those "extremes." I don't watch ordinary or normal people. I love watching very pretty ladies as well very old people. It is fun!
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@simone10 (22269)
• Louisville, Kentucky
26 Nov 15
I watch all sorts of people and find it really interesting and fascinating.
• Preston, England
25 Nov 15
people watching is an essential part of being a writer - you think about who they are and what they do. You see a fragment of their lives and try to complete the story, imagine how the conversations you overheard concluded, etc. Writers have to be discreet nosey parkers
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@simone10 (22269)
• Louisville, Kentucky
26 Nov 15
I didn't know that. I love 'discreet nosey parkers'....lol.
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@Drosophila (16862)
• Ireland
29 Nov 15
Absolutely I love people watch. especially in city centre, sometimes I feel like am in a Zoo. xD
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@simone10 (22269)
• Louisville, Kentucky
1 Dec 15
Lol...I know what you mean. We watch others and they watch us.
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@Drosophila (16862)
• Ireland
1 Dec 15
@simone10 I used to look at people and try to figure out their stories based on observation. it's funny as hell.
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@simone10 (22269)
• Louisville, Kentucky
3 Dec 15
@Drosophila I tend to do that too. I love using my imagination like that.
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• Canton, Michigan
3 Dec 15
I like to do it too. Just love the fact that every human being is born different which makes it even more exciting to watch.
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@simone10 (22269)
• Louisville, Kentucky
6 Dec 15
Exactly! I love to have my imagination go a little wild, thinking of where they are going or what they will be doing next.
• Beijing, China
26 Nov 15
In my contry,it is not polite to stare someone down.We often look at someone when we have a thing for him or her.But when they notice that,we often remove our eyes.
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@simone10 (22269)
• Louisville, Kentucky
26 Nov 15
I can understand how it might be offensive or misunderstood in some countries. I will avert my eyes if someone sees me watching them.
@bunnybon7 (32496)
• Holiday, Florida
26 Nov 15
i never was much for that but my late wonderful hubby was. but he was subtle about it. maybe that is the sign of a caring person.
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@simone10 (22269)
• Louisville, Kentucky
26 Nov 15
Maybe so. I just find it fascinating to imagine what these people's lives are like.
@Rollo1 (16681)
• Boston, Massachusetts
26 Nov 15
I do watch people, but I try not to let them see me watch them. I watch them to see what they are doing, and I try to figure out why they are doing it.
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@simone10 (22269)
• Louisville, Kentucky
26 Nov 15
You sound like me. If someone is in a hurry, I try to imagine why and where they are going.
@DeborahDiane (15855)
• Laguna Woods, California
25 Nov 15
Yes, I love to people watch. Every once in a while, my husband and I go to Las Vegas. It is a fabulous place for people watching!!
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@simone10 (22269)
• Louisville, Kentucky
26 Nov 15
Oh, it is! I lived in Vegas for 6 years and it is the best place to people watch. There are some very interesting people there.
@moondebi (1232)
• Bangalore, India
3 Dec 15
I do, but avoid to have an eye contact, as this may give rise to a very uncomfortable situation.
@marlina (60627)
• Canada
29 Nov 15
Sometimes while waiting at the clinic, I do people watching, but that's about it.
@Freelanzer (6413)
• Canada
28 Nov 15
I used to do it a lot when I was much younger and I learned a lot about people from that. I like to think of if more as a study of the human species
@dodo19 (27710)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
27 Nov 15
I do like to people watch. I do enjoy looking at the people who walk by me. I try to be subtle. I won't make a point of staring or anything like that, but i still enjoy looking at the people that walk by.
• United States
26 Nov 15
Since I always have my Christmas shopping finished before Thanksgiving, I like to go to a cafe at a big mall and watch the hurried shoppers. So much fun.