posted on Jun, 5 2012 @ 12:54 PM
I'm a people watcher too, but that's not exactly what I mean. Mind I've become very good at not being obvous about it because people will approach
me and try to keep me there at the slightest opportunity, and sustained eye contact is an invitation for them to cross the street and come tell me
about their life.
Though it does give you the opportunity to give someone who needs it a moment of knowing they aren't alone like that poor guy.
This is one of those small cultural differences between Canadians and Americans that Canadians tend to notice after a couple of days of being
obscurely disturbed by some difference they can't quite put their finger on. Its an unexpected accumulating culture shock.
Americans just continue to look at people and make eye contact all the time and keep it. Canadians (in urban centers at least) seem to have picked up
a small amount of the Asian eye-contact thing as part of the personal space / politeness thing. Eye sliding. People watching only making momentary
It became really obvious for me when I was taking the bus in Washington. Just over the border, and yet the people (particularly guys) would just grab
eye contact and keep it or try to keep it. A subtle subtle difference in eye contact rules, but in some way profound about basic cultural
(sorry to hear your friend is in the hospital.)