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Avoiding Each Other

I know how it sounds when I say this, but I’m going to say it anyway: My online life is very fulfilling. There is a vibrant parenting community on the internet. We seek each other out to learn, criticize, and communicate. Online, I generally avoid people I hate (unless I’m in a mood) and I seek others out with similar interests and a sense of humor. I can edit comments before posting them and explain myself (ad nauseum, you might say) in blog posts. I like it.

In real life, however, I usually avoid people. I don’t like small talk or catching up. I don’t like to run in to people when I’m busy or hear about things that bore me. Curmudgeon much?

Turns out I’m not a lone. A recent study found out what people do to avoid each other on a  bus. We go to great lengths to avoid each other during this social interaction and one of the weirdest things a person can do is take a seat next to someone when another seat (further away) is available.

We won’t sit next to someone on a bus yet we’re posting pictures of our naked natural birth on the internet. Life is strange.

Click through for the top avoidance strategies that might just work on your kids. . .

Check out the most effective strategies for avoiding people on buses. Some of these might work on your kids when you’re “touched out” and can’t fill one more request!

  • Avoid eye contact with other people
  • Lean against the window and stretch out your legs
  • Place a large bag on the empty seat
  • Sit on the aisle seat and turn on your iPod so you can pretend you can’t hear people asking for the window seat
  • Place several items on the spare seat so it’s not worth the passenger’s time waiting for you to move them
  • Look out the window with a blank stare to look crazy
  • Pretend to be asleep
  • Put your coat on the seat to make it appear already taken
  • If all else fails, lie and say the seat has been taken by someone else

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