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Do You Ever Spy on Your Neighbors?

A recent New York Times article reveals that window watching (spying on your neighbors) is a common activity in big cities, where apartment windows often face each other. One woman interviewed for the article notes, "In a large city where there’s a lot going on around you, it can feel very isolating and lonely. By having contact with these total strangers through the window, it’s a safe way of having a relationship without the hard part of a relationship."

While I don't live within window-watching proximity, I know that many of my friends have sneaked in a little window watching in the past. What about you?

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kia kia 7 years
I don't live in an apartment but I am aware enough to know my neighbors, when they are in town, which pets belong to them, etc. I also talk to them in passing. The purpose isn't to be nosy but to get each others' backs to make a better neighborhood.
jvanlohn jvanlohn 7 years
I live in the suburbs, and I don't find myself neighbor-watching at all. From the 2nd story we could see in our neighbor's yard, but that is the extent of our viewing capabilities. If I lived in the city, I would probably indulge however.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
At my old apartment yes, but you couldn't help it since they were so shady I always wondered what chaos would ensue next. At my new place now, no way-they're all NORMAL. :)
vmruby vmruby 7 years
No and thank god I don't have nosy neighbors either........
AujahAcorn AujahAcorn 7 years
If its dark out and they have there lights on with blinds back I might take a gander ;) A few weeks ago I walked out onto our porch to find the neighbor looking into our home with binoculars. boy oh boy did he have a "got caught" look on his face. HA!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
No.
Zivanod Zivanod 7 years
Of course I do! My neighbours' windows are close enough to look into. I like to see how they've laid out their unit in comparison to my own. But beside that, there really isn't anything else to see out my windows but neighbours. :shrug:
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