Daily Observations – 9/23/17

DannyYesterday I waved at a neighbor as he left for work and he looked right at me and continued on without waving back.  I know he saw me and even though I don’t know him well he could have waved.  In the south you wave even if you don’t know the person and you are expected to wave back.  It’s one of those cultural things having to do with southern politeness and charm.  And I like it.

I have observed several of these types of things lately that lead me down the thought road that our society is becoming more and more introverted.  The inundation of information leads us to believe crime is rampant.  We focus on our smart phones instead of the world around us.  Technology is producing people who do not interact.  In short, people simply are not talking to each other.

Have you noticed this?  Does it concern you?  Will it change?

53 thoughts on “Daily Observations – 9/23/17

  1. To a degree I have noticed this, but I have also noted that behaviors like this can be related to gender. I work in a store & we are supposed to greet customers, be friendly & helpful. A few of my male colleagues have mentioned to me how many of the customers will ignore them right out, but this has not been my experience. As a woman I seem to get a friendlier response than the men around me do (I’ve also observed this with my female coworkers), when I smile & greet a customer they are quick to, at the very least, return the greeting. There have even been cases where I was just out & about (unrelated to work) where I have scratched or gone to wipe sweat from my forehead & people assume I’m waving at them & wave at me, so I wave back & smile, because it’s the nice thing to do.

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  2. I’ve noticed that, even sometimes when I walk Harry. Most people will catch my eye and say hello but there’s the occasional one that refuses to connect. Whether it’s shyness or disinterest I don’t know, but all we can do is try and engage. At the end of the day it’s up to them. Takes all sorts, the phones definitely haven’t helped.

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  3. When people fail to respond to a friendly greeting, I believe they have personal issues that keep them from interacting. They might be filled with anger, depression, despair and don’t connect due to the churning emotions inside of them. Failure to return friendly gestures reflect more on the person who doesn’t respond rather on the one giving a courteous greeting.

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  4. I’m the same way! I’ve lived in the south my whole life and am used to smiling and just being friendly overall and I’ve noticed that these days it seems like it isn’t reciprocated. I would also like to point out that while I grew up hearing a lot of my older family members rant and rave about how disrespectful and unfriendly young people are, in my opinion it seems that more than 95% of the rudeness and unfriendliness I encounter in my day to day life comes from much older people… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  5. Iโ€™m a waver and a hugger. My son takes after me. The husband and my daughter. In my opinion it not generational or gender. Peopleโ€™s personalities differ. Introvert/extrovert that sort of thing. Out here in the sticks we still wave which also might explain why Iโ€™ve not noticed a difference.

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  6. My husband often greets strangers on the street with a hello or good morning/afternoon etc. It is surprising how many people look at him, smile and respond. But we live in a small town and he does this on the main street . He does not do it when we are downtown in a big city. And neither do I. As a woman I have spent most of my life not looking at people, especially men, on the street. But now as a senior I do look and as I am invisible to younger men and older men see me as a compatriot I look and will smile and say something if I feel it will not be taken amiss. There are people who have had lemon for breakfast all over the world and they just cannot unpurse their mouths to greet anyone or even muster a small smile. I just say they are sad people and can stew in their own isolation.

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