Sociology is one of the many human sciences that I am very much interested in. It’s just great, studying the behaviour of people, as well as their development. It’s a great way to see how society has evolved, how our history has influenced us and how our day to day lives have been affected by the lives of those who have lived before us.
I like observing people to see how society functions, how one individual fits into the whole. And one of the very best ways to learn sociology I believe is from society itself.
There are so many different cultures around the world that it is almost insanely impossible to study everyone’s sociology. Unless you dedicate the rest of your life to visiting every country in the world just to learn more about people who live there. And even then, you still might not be able to learn everything there is to know about people, who are always constantly evolving.
So if you want to learn a bit more about people but you don’t want to commit to studying sociology as a major in university just yet, then you can just make observations by people watching.
What is Sociology?
People Watching as a Sociological Experiment
Recently I decided that I would go and spend an entire day people watching. I chose a cafe on a busy street/corner, ordered coffee, and basically took up the same outdoor table for the entire day. I only took breaks to order food or more coffee, or to go to the bathroom. I even brought along with me a notepad and a pen to write down all the notes I made.
So basically… I observed what people were doing on the road. People in cars, people walking by. If you want to learn more about society and the way we function, you can do the same thing if you like!
Anyway…here are just some of the observations I made as I was conducting my little social experiment!
People Cross the Street Haphazardly
As I observed the people walking on the road, I realised that not everyone follows the traffic rules. The truth is that many even risk their lives just to cross the street when there are many pedestrian crosswalks available.
Some jaywalk just because they do not want to walk the small extra distance to the pedestrian crossing. I think that we really need pedestrian safety barriers in order to keep people in line…even if it is for their own safety!
People Are Always in a Hurry
Another thing I noticed is that almost everybody is in a hurry. It’s a shame that people always are, because they miss out on a lot of the beauty around us.
If people just stop and watch for a while, they would notice so much of the beauty in the world. But it cannot be helped—the hustle and bustle of the world stresses everyone out.
People Can Be Kind
I have noticed that people have kindness in their hearts. From the way they talk to strangers to the way they help those in need. It’s something that gives me faith in humanity. I love seeing it in action.