Where you live, is it common for strangers to greet each other on the street?

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Where you live, is it common for strangers to greet each other on the street?

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Not here. People know not what to do when i smile and nod. I want nothing from them.
It isnt like this in the south.

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No not really, very unfortunate.

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Synyster Synyster

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It's not common here either, except for a few extra friendly people who tend to greet me because they always see me passing by the same place, even though we don't even know each other's names. :P :D

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primeiro primeiro OP

Yes...and I hate it. Look the other way!! Look the other way!! Oh no...they're looking at me! ****.

Why is this assumed to be a good thing?

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Sukiesnow Sukiesnow

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I wouldn't say it's necessarily a good or bad thing. Where I live, strangers mostly tend to just pass by you without a word, but that doesn't automatically imply any rudeness or negative intention on their part. People around here simply don't expect to be greeted by strangers.

If it's a friend, though, and you pass by them without so much as a nod, you would probably be asked why. :P

I personally don't have the habit of greeting people on the street, unless it's a person I know (also, if people greet me first, I will greet them too).

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primeiro primeiro OP

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Your post did say strangers.

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Sukiesnow Sukiesnow

In response to “Your post did say strangers.

Yes. :)

My post was talking about strangers, and I understand that you were also referring to strangers in your reply. (Didn't mean to imply otherwise.)

When I added the part about friends in my previous comment, it was simply meant as an additional remark about people's greeting habits my area.

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primeiro primeiro OP

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Well, it's about strangers...so let's stick to strangers. Friends are a different conversation.

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Sukiesnow Sukiesnow

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primeiro primeiro OP

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primeiro primeiro OP

Not here. People know not what to do when i smile and nod. I want nothing from them.
It isnt like this in the south.

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Carla Carla

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I'm not from the US, but I've been in Oklahoma for a relatively short time. I found that, compared to my area, people there tend to be more open about greeting strangers on the street.

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primeiro primeiro OP

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Southern folks are generally friendlier than those from the northern states.

Might have something to do with personal space.

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Carla Carla

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Here they are too damn friendly...

My sister will talk to a cockroach if she sees it in the hall!

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Sukiesnow Sukiesnow

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Yes, I believe that's the case. It's a matter of cultural habit.

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primeiro primeiro OP

Yes around my neck of the woods it is and it doesn't bother me a bit for the most part. I am usually one of those people that walk by and say "Hi" especially if someone looks sad.

Apparently it isn't uncommon for strangers to stop you and tell ya how beautiful you are either or they love ya(ono)(crs) I had that twice last week. My town is a we bit friendly (hehe)

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Lil_Princess Lil_Princess

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That's a very, very kind thing to do. :D

lol, yeah, your neighbors seem a bit too friendly. :P

Greeting strangers is not generally done around here, but I've had a pretty peculiar case in which a middle-aged guy that lives near me saw me passing by. Then he greeted me very friendly, and said something like "Come on, let me give you a hug!", and offered to give me a hug. (I figured it was harmless and took it, but I think most people would just had walked away very quickly.)

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primeiro primeiro OP

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Most welcome. :)

Some here have a tendency to hug others especially my coworkers. Thankfully they respect my personal space bubble lol

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Lil_Princess Lil_Princess

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lol, I'm not sure if people wanting to hug me at work would make work less stressful, or more. :P

Yes, good thing that they respect your personal space. lol

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primeiro primeiro OP

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I know for me it would make it more stressful lol

Plus everyone respects the girl who drives an 8000 lb piece of equipment (hehe)

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Lil_Princess Lil_Princess

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Yeah, me too, lol.

(hehe) Yeah, they should know who they are messing with. :P

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primeiro primeiro OP

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~~~~~I am usually one of those people that walk by and say "Hi" especially if someone looks sad.~~~~~

Sounds 'bout right... (biggrin)
I can see that happening :)

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Bub Bub

It's about evenly split, I suppose. Some folks are wrapped up in their own world and just barrel on through. Others notice those around them. I interact with strangers quite a lot when I'm out and about most of the time, occasionally I am wrapped up in my world, though.

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Bozette Bozette

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I'm usually wrapped up in my world.

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primeiro primeiro OP

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Welcome. :)

You ought to make it a point to look around sometimes, smile, nod, say "hi". It might just make someone's day a bit brighter...maybe even yours. (biggrin)

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Bozette Bozette

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(biggrin) Yes, that's true. That's a good advice. :)

I am usually shy to initiate contact with complete strangers. I probably should do that more often. However, there are people who live nearby who know me only by sight and have greeted me at least once while I was out for a walk, so I often look around to see if they are there and I always make a point to greet them every time I pass by them.

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primeiro primeiro OP

Well, I just moved back into a dorm

Now and then you'll get a smile in your direction, not really a wave or a hi

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BlindMist BlindMist

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primeiro primeiro OP

Hasn't been my experience.

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Bub Bub

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primeiro primeiro OP

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You're welcome :)

I'm actually going to open up by smiling more while saying "Hi, howya doin'" a bit more often now after reading some of the comments, primeiro.

Excellent post, by the way.

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Bub Bub

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Great. Good to know that it was enjoyable. :D

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primeiro primeiro OP

If out walking in the neighborhood, yet.

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StarzAbove StarzAbove

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primeiro primeiro OP

Small towns tend to be friendlier, especially in the south. The New Yorkers that moved to our small town were always waiting to see what the locals wanted if any kindness was given to the newcomers.

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ozzyboy ozzyboy

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As though niceness requires a payback.
Suspiciousness.

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Carla Carla

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Strangers in big cities are rarely nice just to be nice. You learn to be suspicious, or you'll be screwed (wary) Then when you get to a more friendlier environment, the habit is set and it's hard to lose it.

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Sofia Sofia

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primeiro primeiro OP

Yea...most people will..

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DandyDon DandyDon

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primeiro primeiro OP

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Welcome..(smile)

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DandyDon DandyDon

Nope. More likely to feel a knife in your back.

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Tiffanee Tiffanee

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Yeah, unfortunately, people need to be careful in my area too.

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primeiro primeiro OP

Yup.

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DW2 DW2

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primeiro primeiro OP

Yes, just saying "hi" but we dont high five or make out or anything...

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Jaxxi Jaxxi

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(hehe) Thank you for joining. :)

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primeiro primeiro OP

Yes. It seems that in cities people avoid eye contact. In the country they seek eye contact to greet each other.

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Will_Janitor Will_Janitor

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Yes, it does seems like so.

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primeiro primeiro OP

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"seek eye contact"

Well put, W... true, too :)

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Bub Bub

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Loool xD I'm not good with eye contact.

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Sofia Sofia

In response to “Loool xD I'm not good with eye contact.

Me neither. lol xD

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primeiro primeiro OP

In response to “Me neither. lol xD

(hehe)

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Sofia Sofia

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primeiro primeiro OP

On the city, not really. But around my house, on the coffees, bus stations and such, yup.

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Sofia Sofia

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It seems that it tends to be more common outside of big cities.
Although the place where I live is not in the city center (and is less crowded), it still doesn't seem to be very common here for people to great each other. Not sure if it has to do with being suspicious of strangers.

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primeiro primeiro OP

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You're welcome :D

No matter where I am, if a stranger is saying hello, it's normally elders. They start conversations out of nowhere xD

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Sofia Sofia

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lol. xD "Hello! Let's talk about the weather!"

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primeiro primeiro OP

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Loooool Yeah. That or they start speaking of something that annoys them, or their families, or something that just happened.

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Sofia Sofia

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Lol, that's gotta be an interesting thing to witness. :P That doesn't happen around here; most people, including elders, just say at most "hi" or wish a good day. :P :D

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primeiro primeiro OP

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It happens more at bus stations, inside the bus or coffees xD

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Sofia Sofia

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I was thinking it was, like, while walking on the street. It makes more sense that way lol. :D

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