18 Sep

Anthropology is simply the study of humans. It is the study of human past, human society, and human nature. Basically, anything that has to do with humans, has to do with anthropology. Although people make a profession out of anthropology, we all study anthropology on a daily basis. We might not be considered “professional” anthropologists but we still are in some way anthropologists. You may not even notice that when a person walks into a room, most people will look at them. They will examine them. They look at their hair, their clothes, their body type, whether or not they fit the social status of “good looking”. By doing this, you just turned into an anthropologists. Facebook is another way for people to become anthropologists. Having a facebook means allowing people access to your daily life, your interests, your hobbies, your friends. When people look at your wall on facebook, they are being anthropologists and examining you. When people use the phrase “stalking” when it comes to facebook, they just mean studying you and how you dress, who you hang out with, what you like to do, etc. My friends always tell me that i am a “people watcher”. I am always staring at random people, seeing what they are doing, what they are wearing, who they are talking to, etc. I am always interested in other people’s lives and what they are up to. When i “people watch” i am really just being an anthropologist and studying other people in their natural ways. When you go away on vacation to a different area from which you live, you just think about getting away and relaxing. Without even knowing it, you are being an anthropologists too. When I went to Costa Rica this summer, I was so excited to just get to the hot climate, the rainforest, and to just get away. What I didn’t know was that I was going to be experiencing a whole other culture and different people. My Costa Rica experience started out being about just a vacation and turned into me analyzing the differences between there and where I am used to. When it comes down to it, we are all anthropologists everyday of our lives when we are with other human beings. Whether we notice it or not, we can’t help but to study anthropology on a daily basis.

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