It’s not something you see very often, even if you’re on the lookout for it. Sure, there are some people out there who like to mix up their fashion choices with watches on their ankles or on their hips or on their chests (if they’re ladies), but nobody wears them upside down. Nobody except this guy.

Picture this: you’re walking down the street, minding your own business, looking at a map on your phone to find out where you’re going. Then suddenly everything goes dark and the next thing you know it’s an hour later and you’ve just woken up because a concerned citizen called 911 after finding a disoriented young man face-down on the sidewalk wearing a watch…upside down.

why do people wear watches upside down?

The simple answer is that nobody knows. Researchers and scientists and psychologists and other sorts of people who study behavior have been trying to get to the bottom of this for years but there’s no conclusive evidence, at least not yet. Some have theorized that it could be a subconscious cry for help from someone whose life hasn’t been going so well lately. Others have speculated that it could be the sign of a dire health condition or a possible addiction to drugs or alcohol that can only be treated at a facility for addicts and the like.

People wear watches upside down for different reasons.

Nobody really knows why some people wear watches upside down. It could be because they don’t want anybody to notice their watch, or it might be an oblique statement about society’s messed-up priorities and how only the rich can afford to live comfortably and therefore everybody else has to work themselves into an early grave just trying to keep a roof over their head and food in their belly.

It could be a cry for help from someone who is going through a difficult time, or it might be a subtle way of letting everyone know that they’re in truth a secret agent for the government who has been sent to monitor the behavior of certain citizens by pretending to be one of them while wearing an upside down watch.

Some people find it more comfortable to wear a watch on the other wrist

There are all sorts of theories as to why people wear watches upside down, but nobody has been able to come up with a solution or an answer yet. It might have something to do with being different and standing out from the crowd by not following what everybody else is doing. It could be a subtle way of telling people that you aren’t afraid to diverge from the crowd, even if it means wearing your watch upside down.

Some people think it looks cooler to wear a watch upside down

Some people believe that wearing a watch upside down is a way of showing off and making it clear to everyone in the vicinity (or at least everyone who pays attention) that they’re confident enough not to care what other people think about them. Of course, this theory adds more questions than answers: if their explanation is true, then why would someone care what other people think? Why would they want to show off in the first place? What’s so great about being different, anyway?


As far as we know, nobody has been able to come up with a clear answer for this question. There have been all sorts of explanations and theories put forward by researchers and scientists and psychologists, but none of them can be confirmed because there hasn’t been enough research yet.

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