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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