It's probably vanity when anyone does it. Then again, though, I'm not above noticing what I look like in things like store windows and glass doors. I guess it's a matter of wanting to keep "up-to-date" on any "issues" that may be going on (like particularly messed up hair, the overall look, etc.). Plain and simple - yes, it's vanity (but I think a lot of men are just as guilty. Eh - a little vanity isn't such a bad thing in the grand scheme of life. (I mostly draw the line on stopping and looking, though. I try to be more subtle than that. )
Vanity is not determined by sex. One prime example of narcissism noted by the media was by Kathleen Parker in an article in the St. Louis Post Dispatch, May 22, 2007, in which she commented on the repeated hair primping of John Edwards. Her article was amusing and had appeal in it's comical value. It struck me, however, that despite the tendency to dismiss what might be classified as minutiae, any "quirk" obvious enough to be recognized and noteworthy for comment warrants consideration. The possible implications of this issue were disturbing in a presidential candidate, the least being embarrassment. As it turned out, that was the least of John Edward's issues.
I've got a giant mirror in my bedroom (no, it's not on the ceiling). I can't help but look at it every time I leave the room. On more than one occasion that mirror has made me notice something that I wouldn't have otherwise, like a stain on a shirt I was wearing or a spot on my neck that I missed shaving.
I don't like to look at myself in the mirror because I can't face my problem, my problem is my face (just kidding) I only look at the mirror once after taking a bath at the bathroom, I comb, then I look once, then mimicking myself when I brush my teeth, I always say, Oh you're such a beauty there, then I practice smiling LOL< it makes me a little bit happier when I smile at myself and have naughty thoughts
A misconception i would say, I see men admiring themselves as much as women may be more. All salons are filled with men who are so conscious of their looks, I see men doing more with their hair than women, tattooing more than women, that means they are asking the mirror mirror on the wall question........... more than ever
According to my friends, I know where every single mirror and reflective surface is in the city of Cologne. Yes, I check my appearance at every possible opportunity - well, something could have gone wrong since I last looked ... about 30 seconds ago.
That's the thing. Just yesterday I had to tell my sister she had a bug in the middle of her forehead. Then there are things like hair that blows over the part, slips that hang, zippers and buttons that open. the spinach-in the-teeth thing, etc. etc. One cannot be too vigilant about some of these things (especially the bug on your forehead one. )
I only look in the mirror when I'm washing my face/brushing my teeth/hair. Otherwise I don't bother. Now my hubby...gets up in the morning and looks in the mirror, looks at his reflection in glass, windows, tv, looks at himself at every opportunity. He can give you what he considers reasonable explanation for it all, but basically he's obsessed. I just laugh at him now because it is really funny- he is also a hypochondriac so not a blemish or minute change to his face or physique goes unnoticed. I will write a book about him one day- no one will believe it's true!!!! lol
I think I'd get along with him well. Apart from the 'mirror thing', I've also got something with hypochondria; a headache is automatically a brain tumour, a headache accompanied by tiredness is a brain hæmorrhage, a slight chest pain (probably indigetion) is a heart attack, a cough is lung cancer ... and the list goes on. The amazing thing is, I've never been ill in my life. Maybe I should write a Hub about it.
Now, even with my mirror/glass thing, I'm the exact opposite of a hypochondriac; so I don't think the two have to be related. I'm more the type of sees some big, horrible, blue, lump on my ankle and thinks, "Eh... I must have done something to something. Hope it goes away by tomorrow."
Mirrors all over the house and I hate them! I look at myself though. I have one on the wall behind my computer screen - which is torture, really. I have to remind myself I'm no longer young or I might get up too fast, get dizzy, pass out and hit my head on something and die! So mirrors are very important! Men, however, talk to mirrors - well, they do! and some of the things they say to their best friend there are very funny - like "hey, man, how's it going? how's it hanging?" and etc. gotta love 'em.
I don't avoid them and sometimes they give me a good laugh.
I tend to run my fingers through my hair. Sometimes that leaves things oddly arranged. My glasses also get tilted and I don't notice, often even if I did look in a mirror.
I am not much of a fashion plate. My general disregard for what I might look like when venturing out exasperates my wife. "Fix your hair!" is probably the most common thing I hear as we prepare to leave the house.
Known several men who were mesmerized by their own image. Sickening!!! I use one for shaving and such. The only ones who AVOID mirrors are the vampire dudes and dudettes, but only when they are in human form.
You don't really need a mirror to shave. If you've been doing it for years, those curves should have become second nature by now. You could probably do it blindfolded. If you relax, take it slowly, and you're at least half way co-ordinated, you won't cut yourself.
After all, a mirror isn't going to tell you when it's smooth enough.