People Watching – A Hobby For Everyone

At the end of a long day, sometimes what you want in a hobby isn’t necessarily something that will keep your hands and body busy, but more something to relax to, something to lay back and stir the mind. You’re not always ready to come home and throw down on the chess board or jump head on into a knitting project. This is how the majority of Americans and others around the world end up squashed in front of the TV on weekend afternoons or in the early evenings.

But what happens when you’ve seen all the shows? When you really just want to get out of the house and do something, but you can’t quite think of what?

Over the years, I’ve found one of my favorite ‘inactive’ hobbies is the sport of people watching.

Yeah, it really is a sport.

The great thing about people watching is that you can do it most anywhere there’s people! I’ll go to a bookstore, a park, a coffee shop, anywhere there are people just milling around. Find a nice comfy place to sit, maybe get something to drink, and station yourself in a part where you can maybe overhear people talking. It really never ceases to blow my mind, the kind of stuff you can overhear or witness just in a half hour span of sitting, plus it’s nice to feel the sun on your back, maybe there’s a little breeze.

Parks are usually the best, as there’s always people moving around, but you’ll be surprised how easy it is to find great people watching places. In high school one of our favorite things to do on a boring night would be drive down to the airport and walk around the terminals seeing who got off, maybe even striking up a conversation (this is better to do if you’re with a group, as alone it could be a little creepy. 🙂 We would even go so far as to bring harmonicas and kazoos and start playing songs for people getting off their plane (yeah, we were a little weird, what can I say?), and some of those days are among my best memories of hanging out. Obviously the higher security these years makes airports a little less feasible, but try the mall! Try a busy part of downtown!

Sitting and relaxing and paying attention to your surroundings can be a hobby in and of itself. And not just a lazy TV-style act, either.

As a writer, I’ve found people watching not only to be a great form of free entertainment, but a source of inspiration and creativity-waking for my work. I’ve always believed that truth is stranger than fiction, and the characters you will run into on any given day out in the light can often far surpass what you might dream up. People are just too unusual in their own worlds. Get a free piece of the fun! Take those ideas home and work them into a story or a screenplay, maybe try to paint from memory the strangest folks you saw. Overall, I’ll take the strange local talking aloud to a dog that isn’t there, or the group of muscle heads on an outing to buy new workout clothes, or just any of the strange array of individuals our human world has to offer over a rerun of Friends or the new episode of Lost any day.

The possibilities really are endless, and you can’t beat free!


  1. i love to people watch. i am in highschool and sometimes you just need a break from it all. i like t observe people and try to think who they are what they’re like and everything about them. observing people is entertaining and makes you smarter. nice article.

  2. Ppl watching is awesome. I’m in secondary school and i sit around at lunch times watching evry1. ppl forget im ther and it’s so funny wat ppl do wen they think no-ones watching ❗ 😆 im alot more observant now to ❗

    thanks for the article. 😈


    • GO GET A LIFE!

      • eeknum.123 says

        fuck you!

      • if you don’t like what people do… then screw you because you don’t have to! YOU should go get a life asshole. Oh and maybe you should go fuck yourself in the process because I’m pretty damn positive NO ONE in their right minds would want to fuck you. Just saying. Now bye bye 🙂

      • You people need to chill the fuck out.

    • people watching is my hobby i checkout the people every where, i check what people want and what they think (positive or negative). i adopted it as my hobby because it will help me in my coming life, i can easily know about my subordinates and whose i am subordinate, by observing the nature of so many peoples i get and develop my ability to listen the people heart voice and can read their face and eyes.

  3. @nimaniac says

    i love people watching too!!!!! 😳
    its actually a great hobby to have!!!! i am in high school senior year…i have taken to watching people everywhere…mall… and everywhere!!! 😆 😈
    more people should try this out!! its really a fun thing to try out! :mrgreen:

  4. yea… doing it all alone make a creepy vibe out of me…

  5. this is a wonderful article. I dont people watch but it’s something i might said more observant soo… 😳

  6. i loooooovvvvveeee people watching. just posted some pics from a vacation where i did some p.w.

  7. eeknum.123 says

    i love people watching! I mostly do it when i’m sat on a bench at the mall and people do stupid funny things. I do it with my dad all the time and we have a laugh. Its what brings us together we both have the same hobby and its fun! I also p.w my friends when I’m grounded and they’d hang around the end of my drive. My best friend always caught me so I’d go to a different window until they saw me again. I love p.w

  8. I used to watch people from my school days. But today i am surprised to see it as an hobby. It will be just amazing

  9. I love people watching, its not something I generally plan to do but something I find myself doing while waiting for someone for example in a cafe. 😀

  10. I people watch. It’s not creepy, it’s simply being aware of your surroundings 🙂

    Thebest thing about people watching is meeting other great people watchers, because you and that other person will see something then smile and laugh about it and the people with you totally miss out on it.

  11. I am usually a watcher myself but I never actually paid any attention to anything but my own thoughts. I dont know if this is for all but I’ll give it a shot.

  12. Lol I have been people watching since I was very young. Sometimes I can sit in the middle of a huge crowd and nobody knows Im even there. Observing people really is fun! Alot of times I catch myself people watching without realizing it.

  13. agarfield2004 says

    There’s some people who just don’t understand how the world works. She can do whatever she wants. Maybe one day you can decide to do something original with yourself.

  14. for the person who kept saying “get a life”, I noticed you took the time to read the article and all the responses so if you think we need to get a life then maybe you do too.

  15. People watching is something I have always done. I don’t do it on purpose as a hobby, it’s just a natural thing for me to do, and I couldn’t not do it!

  16. WOW I do people watching since i was child, and its funny bcz just now, reading this article and you comments guys, i realized there are more people like me.. hah
    its a good thing, i actually don’t do it like: go out to do it, but always when i’m waiting the train/ stuck at the airport or something like. ITS great!

    • Its nice to watch people and know how we all are somewhere similar or different from each other. I generaly enjoy watching people when iam outside like traveling in train or in mall. You actually get to know about people behavior and activities in different suitations and at different places!

  17. I too enjoy people watching sometimes I do it when the bus is taking too long.
    I didn’t know it was such a common hobby (actually never thought of it as a hobby)

  18. Thought about it, and now sharing it with you

  19. I love this 🙂 you learn so much from watching people. It can be a little creepy haha so buying a coffee is a good idea. 😉 but I really love people watching. Takes up a lot of time you could be sitting on your arse. Any advice on writing actually? I’d like that to be a new hobby of mine. The class A’s arnt enough inspiration for everything haha.

  20. This is one of those hobbies that might get a little too overwhelming especially for the person who is being watched. I can imagine just doing my own thing, minding my own business and then realizing that someone has been watching me for a really long time… I’ll get creeped out and start wondering “why is he/she staring at me?” or if I’m being stalked.

  21. People Watching has gotten a bad reputation due to stalkers, perverts, and secret police.

  22. Awesomness;) says

    Uhm too all you stupid people commenting telling these people observers to get a life… its not like your always just sitting around watching from a distance nimrods, your also interacting, and getting more confident with your social skills and intellect… so, these people are and already have lives! dipthongs….

  23. plokim does people watch, you have it all wrong. he watches there private parts in a homo way swing from side 2 side

  24. plokim enjoys watching his dogs arse

  25. i tried this with my teachers and i saw things i didn’t know

  26. sweet. my friend braden would be into this.


  28. hi dude…i am enjoying the hobby since my childhood,,,,really it gives me free entertainment,close watch on how people react /over react in same situation situations….it really gives me lot of fun

  29. PKcXYF This is one awesome blog.Really looking forward to read more. Want more.

  30. I do accept as true with all the ideas you’ve
    introduced on your post. They’re very convincing and will definitely work.
    Still, the posts are too quick for starters.
    May just you please prolong them a bit from subsequent time?
    Thank you for the post.

  31. Thanks to my father who told me regarding this blog, this website is truly awesome.

  32. Fabulous, what a weblog it is! This weblog provides valuable data
    to us, keep it up.

  33. Awesome! Its in fact amazing article, I have got much clear idea about
    from this post.

  34. Simply wish to say your article is as astonishing. The clarity
    to your publish is just excellent and that i can assume you’re a professional in this subject.
    Well along with your permission allow me to grab your feed to stay up to date with drawing close post.
    Thanks one million and please keep up the gratifying work.

  35. constantly i used to read smaller articles that also clear
    their motive, and that is also happening with this piece of writing
    which I am reading now.

  36. That is a good tip particularly to those fresh to the blogosphere.
    Brief but very precise info… Appreciate your sharing this
    one. A must read post!

  37. I am truly glad to read this website posts which contains
    lots of helpful information, thanks for providing these kinds of data.

  38. Hi I am so glad I found your webpage, I really found you
    by accident, while I was researching on Google for something else,
    Anyways I am here now and would just like to say kudos for
    a incredible post and a all round enjoyable blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to
    browse it all at the moment but I have saved it and also added your RSS feeds, so
    when I have time I will be back to read much more, Please do keep up
    the fantastic b.

  39. Tremendous things here. I’m very satisfied to look your article.
    Thanks so much and I’m having a look ahead to contact you.

    Will you please drop me a mail?

  40. you’re really a good webmaster. The web site loading velocity
    is incredible. It seems that you are doing any unique trick.
    Moreover, The contents are masterpiece. you have
    performed a excellent activity on this subject!

  41. Hello! Quick question that’s completely off topic. Do you know
    how to make your site mobile friendly? My website looks weird when viewing from my
    iphone 4. I’m trying to find a theme or plugin that might be able to fix this issue.
    If you have any suggestions, please share. Thanks!

  42. Hurrah! Finally I got a weblog from where I can truly get valuable data regarding my study and knowledge.

  43. I’m impressed, I have to admit. Rarely do I encounter a blog
    that’s both educative and entertaining, and
    let me tell you, you have hit the nail on the head.
    The issue is something which too few men and women are speaking intelligently about.
    I’m very happy that I stumbled across this in my hunt for something concerning this.

  44. Thanks a lot for sharing this with all folks you actually recognize
    what you’re talking about! Bookmarked. Kindly additionally consult with my website =).

    We could have a hyperlink trade agreement between us

  45. Quality posts is the crucial to invite the people to pay a quick visit the web page, that’s what
    this web site is providing.

  46. When I originally commented I seem to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on whenever a comment is added I recieve 4 emails with the exact same comment.

    Is there an easy method you are able to remove me from that service?

    Thank you!

  47. I do trust all the concepts you’ve offered for your post. They are really convincing and
    can certainly work. Nonetheless, the posts are too quick for beginners.

    Could you please extend them a bit from subsequent time?
    Thanks for the post.

  48. What’s up, I would like to subscribe for this weblog to
    get hottest updates, thus where can i do it please help out.

  49. Asking questions are truly pleasant thing if you are not understanding something entirely, except this post
    provides pleasant understanding yet.

  50. Hi it’s me, I am also visiting this web page regularly,
    this website is truly good and the users are actually sharing pleasant thoughts.

  51. What’s Happening i am new to this, I stumbled upon this
    I have discovered It positively helpful and it has helped me out
    loads. I’m hoping to give a contribution & help different users like
    its helped me. Great job.

  52. I got this web site from my friend who informed me on the topic
    of this website and now this time I am visiting this website and reading
    very informative articles or reviews at this place.

  53. Hello, constantly i used to check web site posts here early in the morning, since i enjoy to
    gain knowledge of more and more.

  54. I take pleasure in, cause I found just what I used to be looking for.
    You have ended my 4 day long hunt! God Bless you man. Have
    a nice day. Bye

Speak Your Mind