You see it done in movies; you have most likely seen it in music videos; you probably have probably done it yourself. Something about observing the world out of the window of a moving car gives one an air of dignity and empowerment, maybe an air of deepness in thought. It all comes together as one action: intently staring out of a window. This was highly popularized by music videos. Because of how videos are easily accessible, namely via YouTube, more people can see a star singing and staring through a window in a music video. Something about the intensity, which is heightened by music being heard by the one staring, has an allure that has many people now staring out the window; but does staring out a window really provoke thought?
Staring out a window may be relaxing, but it is not necessarily the source of higher-level thinking. It may even be detrimental to one’s ability to socialize because of how it is a solitary act. The “higher-level thinking” may be forced. I’ve caught myself forcing on such thinking by looking at all the buildings and cars and wondering about the lives of other people. However, I’ve noticed that a lot of songs that seem to fit well with the image of a young teen, complete with their earbuds in their ears, watching the world from the comfort of a moving car are slow, often depressingly slow, ballad-like songs. The songs themselves are a greater source of deeper thinking than the act of staring out a window. Many times, it is more helpful to socialize with the people or other person in the car. If this isn’t a likelihood, then instead of socializing with others in the car, one may consider planning how they will accomplish the short-term tasks they want to accomplish, such as organizing their plan to accomplish their homework, since most people staring out of windows and listening to music are teenagers.
It may be very stress-relieving to stare out of a window. I’m not saying that one should stop doing this. However, it may be more beneficial to be less intent on the world outside the window and more intent on one’s own life at hand.