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Porch sitting, or sitting on a front porch or stoop, is a leisure activity that can be either direct or indirect form of social interaction. This activity is common in most American cities and contributes to a lively atmosphere for both those sitting and those passing by. This is a popular activity during the summer, especially on warm summer nights and weekends. 
Porch sitting used to be considered a status symbol.
It is not only a good way to connect with neighbors, but it is also an important form of community security, aiding in the prevention of crime.  Front porches were originally required in the Seaside, Florida, planned community as a way to reduce air conditioning usage.  As a result, its planners perceived an improved sense of community, and front porches became an important component of the New Urbanism movement.