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Secret of metropolitan nervousness

You may easily spot the difference between rural, sub-urban and metropolitan populations. Rural and sub-urban people appear more open, friendly, stress free and more expressive as compared to metropolitan population. Metropolitan people appear more shrunk, tense, nervous or expressing no emotions on face while traveling, shopping, standing in queues or transportation points, riding in elevators, or walking - driving on roads. The secret behind this weird behavior has to do with amount of space each person shares with others in any environment.

Every living creature needs certain amount of physical space for fundamental necessities like sheltering, resting, consuming food and breeding. Member of some species mark and aggressively defend their physical boundaries like the way they compete during mating season. More the intrusion in physical boundaries by strangers or rivals; more there are tensions, conflicts, battles, bruises and killings.

It has been observed that animals forcefully packed in limited geographical areas are more susceptible to anxiety, violent - abnormal behavior, psychological disorders, diseases - infections and deaths ultimately. Despite of being advanced species, humans are not excused of this rule.

Despite of being advanced species, humans are not excused from this rule. We also struggle to maintain comfortable and safe interpersonal distance. We invade interpersonal space under two situations only – either to attack or to get intimate.  Lesser the distance remains, more we expect display of favor. Otherwise, we try to fight or run away (flight) for our own safety.

In large cities, strangers trespass or accidentally come closer to each other very frequently, at different places and occasions. Expressing something to someone you don’t know is likely an intrusion without letting know your true intentions. A stranger gesticulating, talking loudly, touching, fidgeting, exhibiting intimacy or expressing emotions on face would make others feel interfered, invaded, insulted or attacked unconsciously.

During such unavoidable situations, we share individual space with others on unspoken agreement. When two strangers invade or share individual spaces; they tend to appear idle or almost motionless to appear harmless for other. This adaptation assures less uneasiness, stress or conflict and let all to perform different tasks peacefully. This adaptation assures less uneasiness, stress or conflict and let all to reach their destinations or performs tasks peacefully.

Public transport system is evident to any observer. Forming group or friendship helps most of us mitigating (unconscious) threat of being looted, harassed or harmed by strangers. Most people simply divert their attention from others by mimicking sleep, reading newspapers - books - magazines, listening songs, eating,  looking at sealing - flooring or looking out through windows.

In rural or sub-urban areas, there are very less chances of intrusion or trespassing since every person has more geographical area. Also, people more familiar with each other unlike strangers are skillful to handle intrusion or trespassing in more friendlier and social ways.

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