So, I love my backpacks. Like, really LOVE backpacks. Like, I owned up to 20 different backpacks at one time kind of love. But, there’s a reason for that, I’m not just creepy weird like that. I’ve been on campus over the last couple semesters just chilling and I find myself observing students as they come and go to their classes (N’AA MEEN?). And that led me to this idea, that I may have mentally stumbled upon a probable backpack theory.” Now, hear me out, I’m not all-crazy. You know, you can tell a lot about a student by the backpack that they wear. There are four main aspects of the backpack that you can look into to potentially determine the character of that person. And I believe that these aspects are:
1. The appearance
2. The weight
3. The content
4. The arrangement
NUMBA ONE! Look at the backpack. Is it full of tears, holes, rips, and falling apart? Does it appear to be extremely dirty, soiled, or older than necessary? It might show you how that person might be “extra frugal” or even stingy with their money. They will use an item to its last dying thread, pun intended.It might also demonstrate that they don’t necessary care about others’ opinions when it comes to their closet. The backpack may also reveal inconsistencies within a person’s character. They might be indecisive. Or it could show the exact opposite, that they’re always on the move and in a hurry. Don’t take my word for it though, this is all just beautiful hypothetical mumbo jumbo talk coming from me.
HITTING DA DUECE! Look at the way the student walks with the backpack. If you can, touch it or pick it up. Does it feel extremely heavy? Is it uncomfortable? Does the person’s shoulders slump while wearing it? This may show you that person has a habit of doing too much at one time. Like trying to multitask everything but failing at life too much. They might rush into things, not considering all their options. They may suffer from insecurities concerning themselves and question their abilities to do certain things. It might also demonstrate someone who doesn’t let anything go until it is completely over. Or, maybe they just have their entire life planned out in five year intervals and that’s reflected by everything being in their backpack all at one time.
THREE’S A PARTY YA YA?! Watch the things a student pulls out of their bag. Is it important? Is it mostly snacks? Is it a bunch of textbooks? These things tell a lot about the psychology of that particular student. Too many textbooks and that person may be sacrificing social interaction for academics. Or they may be extremely introverted. All snacks and no books shows potential arrogance or overconfidence in personal ability, a potentially outgoing personality (if they’re willing to share said snacks), and a constant need for distractions. For me, I always had a giant bag of the Jumbo marshmallows in my backpack and the professors would get upset overtime I pulled them out and silently started passing them around. I mean, who doesn’t love marshmallows though? (Plus, they were like the size of a small child’s fist so yeah….marshmallow for the win.)
FOUR’S CROWDING?! See the arrangement of the backpack. Is everything just thrown in and haphazardly all over the place? Is it neat and ordered? Do they have a lot of stuff or is their backpack essentially empty? The arrangement can tell you a lot about someone and you don’t even have to ask them anything. I’ll demonstrate using myself for this.
I used to have a giant round, Pokeball backpack. (I’ve now replaced it with an even smaller backpack as I didn’t really get to use it much, but man was it nice though. Custom made that bag was *Yoda voice used here.*) Its appearance gives the impression that I’m someone who likes to stick out, trying to be unique or individualistic. It might come off as arrogant for some people and for most people it shows that I care somewhat for appearances and others’ opinion of what they see when they look at me. It may also demonstrate I have an unorthodox fashion sense.
The weight of my backpack is relatively light. It shows that I only carry what I need. There is no waste of space, giving me room to add things into the backpack as I go throughout my day. I can expand farther into the perspective my life. I do not own a lot of things and acquire things on an as-needed basis. When I no longer need something, I give it away to someone else who will have better use of it than I do.
Moving on to the contents of my backpack. As I’m no longer a student (graduated) I no longer carry any necessary textbooks. However, I carry a notebook and a sketchpad, my camera and its components, occasionally my tablet and iPod, and a reading book. This can show you that I’m someone who likes to be creative. I enjoy reading, drawing, photography, and poetry (when you open up my notebook). Because I carry these things with me all of the time whenever I leave my apartment, that can show that these creative spaces are important to me.
Last, but not least, the arrangement of the things within my backpack. I like neatness and order, and I reflect this fact in my backpack. Most people would say it’s excessive, but I arrange everything by size and color. I find it easy on the eyes and if I’m looking for a particular object and know the size and color, it’s an easy and quick find. When I can’t arrange them by color and size, I go with function. So lens are on one side, batteries on the other, cables and power chords in the middle kind-of-deal. Hence, you could assume I like to be in control of things happening to me in my life or at least able to map out any alternatives when something happens. Always prepared, I guess.
So, there you have it. Now you can sort of see the psychological implications that could be found within that ultra bright, hot pink, Hello-Kitty-with-the-ears-sticking-out-on-top, cute backpack you love stuntin’ around on campus with. Oooorrrrrr, maybe you just really like that backpack, no hard feelings either way. What do think of my backpack theory? Is it any good or just the mindless wandering of a brain as I walk around campus observing people around me? Let me know if I’m on to something, I love doing social experiments!