The next time you are in a crowded area or a place that interest you and you don’t have much to do just put your headphones in (with your device of course) with no sound. JUST OBSERVE. I’m not saying eavesdrop necessarily but watch how people react differently when they believe you cannot hear them or you are not paying attention to them. They may start looking into you phone. talking about private conversations. they may say random, funny, and even rude things right beside you about you or others because they thing you cannot hear them.
Moreover, watch how most people will leave you alone to your thoughts so that you can really take in the world. I tend to do this in the places I do not like to be most often to make the experience a bit more enjoyable. Yes, this includes Wal-Mart…though I still don’t like it…it just makes the experience a bit more bearable.
It’s also fun to see people do random things when you have headphones in as if because you cannot hear that suddenly you cannot see as well. I have never understood that phenomenon. So you believe that I am blind too because I have headphones in. Do deaf and blind really go together every time? People are so ignorant. I watch people suddenly stand right in front of me and do funny and disgusting things. Ranging from running into people, tripping over things (and looking to see if anyone saw it), stealing, pranking people, digging up their nose, scratching random places, and even indecent public displays of affection that would likely get you arrested if people knew…
Sometimes I wonder why did that just happen in front of me? Then I just try to politely get up from my front row seat and walk away as if I did not notice and keep walking. However, if you ever need an interesting blog, picture, moment to think about human nature, just walk through a park your favorite public space and do this. You would be amazed. I see some of the most kindest gestures happen. I see some of the sweetest moments between couples old and young. I see babies and animals playing. I see kids in their purest and most innocent phases enjoying life.
I watch people interacting with life as it was meant to be without you reacting to them. It is truly both a great experience and interesting one. So try it when you have some time.