I’ve decided to build my own social firewall by wearing a surgical mask everywhere I go. It’s not that I don’t want to talk to someone but I am just trying to avoid conversations. That’s all. I don’t know why flu masks in Watsons are getting out of stock, but I still see people wearing them around the city especially the ones with designs.
I’ve read about an article way back in college that a normal healthy teenager in Japan wears a flu mask to build a social firewall. Which means- along with earbuds, facemask is another reason not to engage in a conversation. In this fast paced world, I noticed that when alone at a place like in a mall for instance, people are trying to avoid conversations and that includes me.
The number of people you see in Japan wearing surgical masks or flu mask is a bit surprising. Japan, of course, has an alarming number of hard working people and the only way to continue to work is to not be ill. I guess that’s the main reason for it. However, it’s interesting that for some, hygiene probably isn’t their reason and I hope that here in Davao City, the reason wouldn’t be about a certain illness or worst – KPOP.