People Watching Is The Ultimate Talent

People-Watching Is The Ultimate Talent And It's Time It Got The Recognition It Deserves

You probably didn't see this, but the kid across the room just spilled his drink.

People-watching is a sport that takes great technique and skill. It's a risky game that requires planning and accuracy. Most people just assume that it's casually looking around in a park or restaurant, but it's more than a simple time-passing activity. It can make friendships and ruin relationships. Thankfully, UNC Charlotte has a lot of great areas for me to use, like Crown, the Library, Prospector, and, my favorite, SoVi. Here are the reasons I find people-watching so beneficial:

1. You can critique other people's fashion choices


You can find outfit ideas by copying other's style. Take note of the most important aspects and use those notes to make outfits for the next week. On the other side, you can silently judge people based on their clothes without seeming rude.

2. It can help you find a cute guy or girl


Usually, if I'm eating dinner at the dining hall, I'll find a guy near me and make subtle glances to observe their facial structure, clothing, and mannerisms. Observing them in their natural habitat can tell a lot about a guy. I'll probably never talk to him, but it's nice to look.

3. You get see funny moments that would go unseen


One of my favorites on this list is funny moments that would go unseen by others. We all have those moments where we do something embarrassing and hope that no one's watching. For the people in SoVi, I'm usually watching (and I've already laughed,) but go ahead and play it off like nothing happened.

4. It can help you make new friends


It's easier to make new friends. I'm not the type of person to invite someone to sit with me, but my friends definitely will. There are actually nice people in the world that are willing to be friends with a loner.

5. It’s a nice distraction when you’re bored


The normal thing that people do when they're bored is to watch Netflix or hang out with friends, but occasionally I prefer to "study" at Dunkin' or the top of SoVi. I've got my laptop out and a notebook open, but my eyes are on the people surrounding me. I'm looking at that one kid who's mostly on his phone, the loud group of friends, and the bystanders.

People watching is a whole new world that too often goes unnoticed. You have to be stealthy and precise to do it successfully. The goal is to not get caught but to still find an interesting target. You have to find a purpose and stick to it or else it can be a confusing mess. I recommend it to anyone who wants to casually stalk but not pass as a creep. So sit back, relax, and keep your eyes open.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Health and Wellness

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month, A Reminder We Need Even More In Quarantine

You're going through something brand new — that's worth talking about.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. This isn't new to 2020, but oh man, if we ever needed a reminder about the importance of mental health, now is the time. With different states all over the place in regard to stay-at-home orders, phased reopenings, and a "new normal," we're experiencing conflict, fear, changes, and unknowns that can easily trigger mental struggles we already have or spark feelings we've never had before. Yes, May is always Mental Health Awareness Month, but in quarantine, that need for positive mental health is taken to a whole new level.

Keep Reading... Show less

Everyone is LOVING "Outer Banks," as you've probably heard. And if you haven't caught the hype for the show yet, these articles will definitely give you a taste of what you're missing.

If you already have seen and fallen in love with the teen heartthrob crew, you need to get on board with some of these theories for season two!

Keep Reading... Show less

These 11 Face Masks On Etsy Support Small Businesses While Fighting The Spread Of Coronavirus

We're staying safe as states start lifting lockdown guidelines.

I, like most people who have had the luxury of being able to stay at home during this time, haven't spent much time outdoors at all. But when I do brave the great outdoors for a walk or to get to the grocery store, you won't find me without a mask.

My family and I were lucky enough to have family friends who were sewing some and had extras to give to us, but most of my friends and loved ones outside my immediate family have had to order some (or make a makeshift one out of scarves or bandanas).

Keep Reading... Show less

13 Reasons We're Using Quarantine As The Ultimate Excuse For Online Shopping This Month

The one thing we haven't distanced from is our bank account.

Throughout quarantine, I've been FaceTiming most of my friends in a full turtleneck or the go-to cozy sweater I keep wrapped around the chair in my room. Either way, I always have tea in my hands to keep myself warm — till this past week.

For most of the country who hasn't had the luck of quarantining in 90-degree weather on their family's lake house or with a backyard pool, things began to change this month. Our favorite shows came out with summer seasons, the sun came out, and we started spending more time outside.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

I Sat Down (Virtually) With Morgan Wooten To Talk About Coronavirus's Impact On The Wellness Industry

Just because coronavirus has greatly impacted the wellness industry doesn't mean wellness stops.

Morgan Wooten

If you're anything like me, your weekly fitness classes are a huge part of your routine. They keep me fit, healthy, and sane. Honestly, these classes help my mental health stay in tip-top shape just as much as they help my physical health.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, gyms and fitness studios are facing temporary closure. Yes, this means my personal routine is thrown a curveball, but this also means the wellness industry is one of many that is looking at unemployment and hardship. Do I miss my Monday spin class? Of course. But do the wellness professionals whose worlds were flipped upside down have a lot more to overcome than a slight change of routine? Absolutely. Thankfully, if anyone can prove the ultimate flexibility, it's the wellness industry.

Keep Reading... Show less

If you are a normal person who spends most of their time streaming TV shows, you'll know that "Friends" was taken off Netflix early in 2020. Given that a global pandemic followed shortly after, many diehard fans of the show stuck in quarantine have been experiencing significant Central Perk withdrawal.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments