This week, I thought I’d share my opinions on something.
Because I stay home rather o lot and surf the internet, I usually look at the vast amount of articles that appear on the Clic network.
And there is one article in particular that got me thinking.
Basically, the article discusses the fact that every one is different, and goes into some depths about how people should not make judgements on others just on their first impressions.
And before I carry on, I’m not trying to contradict anything that SynysterKatie said in that article, neither am I trying to belittle them for their opinions. These are just my thoughts on the matter. Now that’s cleared up, let’s get it on, boy… or girl… or both.
I’m not going to deny that first impressions exist. They do, that’s life. I also believe that nobody should be judged before even knowing their personality. But one thing’s for certain, the general populace is not to blame for this thought process.
Why? The process of first impressions are used all the time in the media for many reasons.
The first time I realised this was when I remembered back to a time when Disney films graced the television screen in my house, and yes that was three weeks ago.
The film in question was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and one part in particular – the song “Whistle While You Work”. You know how it goes. “Just whistle while you work, do do do do do do do”. I don’t know how to represent whistling in text form. My apologies.
But, isn’t that an instant stereotype right there? Snow White, a woman, singing a song and whistling a tune as she does the cleaning for seven dwarves, who are male, which somewhat gives a stereotype of women staying at home and cleaning said abode. And this, a message in a film targated to young children. Or is it just me that got that message from that film… Then again, I haven’t watched it in ten minutes. I mean hours, years. Ten years. Ah, if only this was a vlog, I’d demand a jump-cut here.
But ignoring that example (yes, the only reason I discussed Snow White was to rack up the word count), first impressions are instant. We can’t stop it.
I can’t stop the first impressions that some people have of me. Why? It’s instantaneous. From small things like if they share the same name as you or rather large size things like the size of their noggin, we will not be able to even control it. So, if this is the case, why not use it to our advantage?
Why not use our first impressions to find out more about someone without them sharing information? Granted, I’m not even sure if that’s even possible, but just go along with me here.
Say I meet a girl. I know, fat chance of that happening.
If I just do my normal thing when I see someone I’ve not seen before, I’d just notice that they are alive and walk along with my merry life. But, if I was more of an Observant Oscar, I’d find out that she’s an avid fan of the Manic Street Preachers, not a natural brunette and plays Pacman due to her lovely socks. How did I get a look at her socks? That’s a good question, which I shall avoid answering.
That’s the thing. We consider first impressions to be a bad thing (and I’m not denying that sometimes that is the case), but it’s a natural thing for us to do, like breathing, accidentally giving people you like dirty looks or disliking everything Katie Price does.
And to be honest with you, I have no idea how I’m going to end this. So here’s a picture of a pheasant.
I thank ye, world.