The stare alarm

This Saturday on the jubilee line someone had pulled the alarm because someone else was staring at him. At first I thought people made a joke as the carrier was rather full. But when assistance came in it dawned on me that someone really felt offended because someone looked at him.

I wonder if this is a result of our digital age, the media that scares us of the unknown or the unwillingness of people to connect. In the tube it’s quite hard not to look at anyone. So I felt so sorry for the person who had looked at him. Maybe he had come across an offensive moment that started with a stare. Nonetheless it shouldn’t have to be such a huge issue. Would you pull the alarm on a stare?