Source (Yes it's Marilyn Manson, what of it?)
Ok, say you're walking down the street, in all your Gothy glory, when a random child exclaims over your appearance and stares avidly at you. Cute, right? Now picture an adult staring avidly at you in the same way. Kind of makes your skin crawl, doesn't it?
Case in point; my Sam and I were in Walmart getting some groceries when this little girl stares tapping her brother franticly on the shoulder and staring at us with this awe-stuck look on her face. I though this was indescribably cute. On the other hand, when the mom noticed what the kids were looking at, she goes "oh my God" and....stares. Quite a different stare than the kids.
Why is it that when kids do this, it's cute, but when adults do it, it's just plain creepy.
I think it has something to do with our perception of what is going on in either the kid or the adult's mind. Usually, kids are more open to the strange and unusual than adults are, so we see their reaction as being innocently curious (I say usually, because I have had a couple of instances where the kid spat more venom than I thought was possible for their age, so I know it is possible that not all kids are like that). However, most adults are not as forgiving of weirdness, so their stares have more of a negative connotation. I'm not saying this is true of all adults, just the ones who stare in a creepy way.
What do you guys think? Have you run into this phenomenon, and what are your thoughts on it?