Every person on this planet has "people watched" at least once in their life. For some reason, it's just something we do; sometimes not even realizing we're doing it. Humans are fascinating beings and occasionally they need good observation. Here are twelve things that usually happen when you engage in the art of "people watching" and for the record, I am not judging, it's one of my guilty pleasures.
1. People catch you staring at them
This can get kind of awkward when they catch you. Maybe if you look away really quickly they won't notice you were staring at them. You have got to be sneakier than that, my friend.
2. You look out of the corner of your eyes a lot.
Every good "people watcher" knows looking out of the corners of the eye is the best tactic to people watching. This way, those who you are watching and listening to won't even know it!
3. You get invested in their conversation.
She did what to who?! When you people watch, you start to get personally involved in their conversations...from a distance at least. Try your best not to interject into the conversation. Remember, they probably don't know you're listening.
4. You might hear something you shouldn't have.
Yikes, I did not need know that about your brother's girlfriend. Sometimes when you listen in on other people's conversations, you hear things you didn't want to. But hey, it's all part of the people watching package.
5. They become your source of entertainment for the moment.
Need a pause from studying, reading or whatever you're doing? This is the perfect way to take a quick break while getting some type of entertainment. It's like your own personal soap opera is sitting three feet away from you. It's perfect.
6. They either think you’re into them or just super creepy if they catch you staring.
You may not mean to, but if caught, it can look like you're are a super creep. So, just be ready for the weird looks you may get from those whom you've been observing. They might take it the wrong way.
7. You guess what kind of person they are solely on the five minutes you’ve watched them.
You might find yourself making assumptions about who they are as a person. "Aw, she seems sweet. I could totally be her friend. We may even have the potential to become best friends!" Next thing you know, you're envisioning her in your bridal party.
8. You aren’t ashamed about it.
People watching can be seen as a fun and interesting pastime or a creepy idiosyncrasy. Either way, you don't really care if you get caught or not. You know in your heart everyone does it.