RVers Attitudes Have Changed
(Standoff-ishness, Don't Bother Me Attitude)
I have been camping - RVing on and off full time for many years (25). As of late, I have found that we full timers and others have had a recent change of attitude to "don't bother me." It's taboo to talk to each other. It's a very stand-off attitude.
I have been in a rental house for three years and just came back, to my shock. Prior, we used to have pot-lucks. Everybody used to visit with each other. You couldn't even walk your dog in less than two hours because you were chatting with everybody.
I thought we were all the same kind of people -- RV'ers.
Coleen, the RVing editor comments:
I haven't seen or done any formal study on this, but here are my thoughts....
As full-time RVing has gotten more popular, it has drawn people from a wider basis of backgrounds. I think there was a time when most full time RVers who stayed in campgrounds and RV parks were retired. They had worked their career job for 30 years or so, retired, and were out camping and taking life easy.
That's not true today. Now days, many full-timers are working. There are more younger folks full-timing, people who still need to be working and earning a living. And, there are more semi-retired folks, perhaps of the traditional retirement age, who are working full or part time. Some work for financial reasons. Others because they just aren't ready to slow down. But, whatever the reason, when you are working, you tend to need to be on a schedule and you simply have fewer hours in the day to socialize.
Another contributing factor is that RVs have changed. Years back, how many recreational vehicles had satellite TV's and on-line computers, and all the conveniences of home? RVers were outside, where they'd meet one another. Now, it is easy to stay inside and do the kinds of things people living in stick-built homes do.
I also think that in our fast-paced world, people have forgotten how to be friends. Oh sure, we have Facebook friends, email friends, and cell phone contacts, but I'm talking about face-to-face, old school friends.
Mike, thank you for submitting the article you wrote on how you are overcoming this trend.
You can find that article on Mike's method for making friends by clicking here.
RVers, what are your thoughts on this?
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