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to think the world would be a better place if we concentrated on our own lives instead of "people watching"

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scuzy Thu 08-Sep-11 16:02:13

am f**ked up of every second thread casting judgements on complete strangers. they know nothing about them, get a snap shot of their lives and then make comments and judgements.

if we all looked after our own a bit better than looking at what someone else or the OH or kids are doing/wearing/eating etc the world would be a better place.

i think us women are our own worst enemies at times.

Kladdkaka Thu 08-Sep-11 16:03:55

Hear! Hear!

KAZAMM Thu 08-Sep-11 16:06:47

YANBU. Agree with all you have said.

2shoes Thu 08-Sep-11 16:10:01

people watching is fun,
crying and weeping about what you watch is when it becomes ODD

CogitoErgoSometimes Thu 08-Sep-11 16:11:20

YANBU.... but what would we anyone talk about if we weren't bitchin', judgin' and speculatin'? We'd have to THINK for a change.... aaaarrrrggggghhhhh!!!!

LyingWitchInTheWardrobe Thu 08-Sep-11 16:12:13

YY... It's just a show-offey way of saying "I'm a more superior parent than you can even imagine, you worthless excuse for a breeder...", it's usually accompanied by a declaration of, "I could have cried for that child..." hmm

I'm in a slappy mood this afternoon...

travellingwilbury Thu 08-Sep-11 16:14:06

I love people watching , and judging for that matter .

Do some people really never have a good old bitch about someone ?

limitedperiodonly Thu 08-Sep-11 17:18:46

YANBU. I sometimes look at people and judge or admire them but to spend all your time looking at other people is sad.

I never get those travel features that describe a place as great for people-watching either.

You might as well say to your readers: 'you are the type of ugly, badly-dressed people who arrive for the day on coaches with packed lunches filched from the breakfast buffet of your two-star hotel.'

grovel Thu 08-Sep-11 17:21:59

Oh, I get the people-watching abroad. I love sitting at a cafe in a European city and watching the locals go about their business.

FagButt Thu 08-Sep-11 17:23:31

yabu - i love to people watch, as I said on the cutlery thread.

It is a natural thing to do, watch and judge. Even if you don't comment, the world is full of people judging everything others do.

You will subconsciously be doing it all the time too.

MitchiestInge Thu 08-Sep-11 17:25:16


there would have been no Austen for one thing

aldiwhore Thu 08-Sep-11 17:32:46

A true people watcher actually doesn't give a shite, or judge, but is amused by the different shapes and sights of the human race... its entertainment.

That means we probably do give a shite and judge, but people watching is awesome.

I do get annoyed though with amateur people watchers griping about minor things. A true pro saves it all up for a book they'll never write.

Insomnia11 Thu 08-Sep-11 17:33:44

People watching is fun. You can watch without judging.

usualsuspect Thu 08-Sep-11 17:36:09

I like people watching ,however I don't feel the need to discuss every single bloody thing I see on MN

HairyGrotter Thu 08-Sep-11 17:48:46

I adore people watching, I judge everyone, good or bad, but I have manners and a good mind to know that I have merely seen just a snippet of their day.

Whatmeworry Thu 08-Sep-11 17:53:21

YABU - watching and judging is what humans do. Now, about your anal tendencies in writing a post like this.... grin

FagButt Thu 08-Sep-11 17:58:14

hahahaha Whatmeworry grin

jellybeans208 Thu 08-Sep-11 18:20:48

I never judge people like that as usually I am concentrating on myself and my family getting from a to b. I only ever get bothered by things if it is directly impacting my life. Who cares less what people are wearing or doing?

The only people that do this are people who are insecure and have to put people down to make themselves feel better.

Salmotrutta Thu 08-Sep-11 18:35:09

People-watching is the best hobby ever - it costs nothing in effort or money and if you sit watching long enough something interesting always happens.

But I don't judge anyone I watch - I'm just plain curious about them and people in general. Well, nosey would be more accurate grin

Salmotrutta Thu 08-Sep-11 18:37:01

Oh and I'm far from insecure - I just like to observe the array of behaviours people display when out and about.

Ormirian Thu 08-Sep-11 18:37:22

No it wouldn't. It would be dull and very unfriendly.

You can watch people without judging them negatively. I like to watch people. I like people by and large. They are the most interesting animal on this planet!

jellybeans208 Thu 08-Sep-11 18:45:17

I watch people but I dont get the judging people for letting their kids have a fruit shoot, maccy ds or holding a knife and fork different. Live and let live everyone is different. I save my judgements for the parents I see that dont care about their children and beat them or seriously neglect them.

Also people do things different doesnt mean one way is better than another. I do watch what people are up to but more in a ooh like what shes ordered or listening in to nice places people have been

FagButt Thu 08-Sep-11 18:53:55

teaching your child bad table manners i.e 'the pen' is neglect imo

FagButt Thu 08-Sep-11 18:54:07


Pixel Thu 08-Sep-11 18:57:42

YABU, people-watching is the best thing about being on the top deck of a bus, you can stare as much as you like watch people and they don't even notice you. grin
I don't think I'm too judgy, it's usually just for serious crimes like wearing too-tight leggings with your knickers showing through, or yesterday (gasp) a woman throwing her lit cigarette down on the pavement as she walked along, which was both disgusting and dangerous.
Apart from that I'm just interested and just as likely to be drooling over a cute baby or wondering where someone got a fab coat.

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