In our wandering around campus what was noteworthy was actually the absence of outdoor activities, to the point that walking itself was the only relevant activity being performed. That and smoking. We started feeling hopeless but suddenly on our way back we noticed a little bunch with what looked like a tripod at the other side of the intersection of St. George St. and Harbord St.; they were students like ourselves taking pictures for a class project. Although we were lucky enough to eventually find someone, we couldn’t help but think that they were probably being forced (to be) outside against their will, as one of the students repeatedly said that they were rushing inside as soon as they had finished taking photos of the moose sculpture. Therefore cold climate really seems to be a deterrent for spending time outdoors; most people refrain from staying outside and decide instead to adapt, according to their different needs to the place that best suit them; creating that lively mosaic (of activities) that is typical of indoor places during this season. (this last sentence refers to what you or Echo wrote about the variety of indoor activities, like at Sidney Smith for example).
Winter and the time of day was definitely the determining factor in the population of an area. Places that are normally filled in the warmer months were completely deserted. As a group, we came to the conclusion that because it was midday, a lot of classes were taking place, and therefore there was a limited amount of activity. Also, due to the overwhelming rise in temperature (especially that particular day), people refrained from outdoor activity. The weather conditions make changes to the way people interact throughout the year. At some points of the year, a person is limited to the activities they can do. For example, you can’t swim outside at negative temperatures. Well you can, but I don’t recommend it. First of all, the water would be solidified into ice -so tough luck. Because the areas we checked are mainly part of the school campus, there will be very similar activities, as students normally partake in similar daily routines.
Social activity is hard to measure when you do not know what you are looking for.