I remember in my high school Sociology class, one of my peers mentioned to us that during his time off of work, he’d sit at a table and just observe people and take notes. I don’t think he had a lot of friends. Everyone was super creeped out after he said that. Looking back, I guess he was just being artsy and had a real interest in people. Or maybe he’s just a future murderer.
ANYWAY. I volunteer in a gift shop so I end up asking people how they’re doing or if they need help with anything. I always make sure that I check in with them when they first enter, even if it’s just saying, “Hi, how are you?”
Time and time again I find that women are more animated and enthusiastic in their response. They might even offer up a bit of information like, “The weather is gorgeous!” or “I’m visiting from Washington!” or something of the like. Of course, not all women are like this. Some are colder and just say “Hi” or “Thanks.”
But men are so different and weird. Most won’t even make eye contact. They seem shameful and keep to themselves. If they respond, it’s so quiet and short. Often they’ll just nod in hopes that I’ll move away from them. Although, there are some men that are jovial and ready to crack a joke. These men though, are ALWAYS accompanied by their wives.
So what can we learn from this unofficial study in human behavior? I’m definitely not coming from a feminist stand point, but if I have to come to one conclusion, it’s: Men are from Mars and women are from a place where everyone is normal and loving.