Norm Violations In Society

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Norm violations are common in society today. Norms are defined as being “expectations of ‘right’ behavior” (Henslin, 49). There are two types of norms: folkways and mores. Folkways are a type of norm that are not strongly implemented, meaning that to go against this type of norm is not as severe as going against a more. A more is a type of norm that is forcefully implemented. This is due to the fact that mores are essential to the values of different culture. Norm violations occur when a person thinks or behaves in an abnormal way, a way that differs from the expected behaviors within one’s culture. People from all cultures unconsciously commit norms, whether it be acting out in the wrong manner or acting in an acceptable behavior. This causes …show more content…
There was a lady sitting behind me in the packed theater and throughout the entire movie she laughed excessively loud and mimicked multiple parts of the movie in a loud voice. She would even laugh at the parts of the movie that weren’t that funny. It was safe to say that this lady was ruining the whole movie for me. She continued to do this and overtime it became even more annoying than it already was. All of a sudden, a couple next to us decided that it was time to say something and the guy yelled at the loud lady, shouting out multiple explicit words towards the lady, telling her to be quiet. She really didn’t need to be laughing so loud. The people surrounding me had an obvious look of disgust and annoyance on their faces as the yelling was taking place because it was distracting everyone from the movie. Even after the movie, people were whispering about the loud, annoying lady. The norm violation of this was that the lady was laughing excessively in a theater where it is supposed to be a quite time during the movie. People go to the movies in order to experience the movie in a specific environment, and the laughing lady was ruining that …show more content…
I decided that I was going to go to the mall and sit in the food court during a time that was busy. When sitting down in the food court, I decided that I was going to begin trimming my toe nails and observe the reaction that I was given by the people around me. I had my girlfriend with me and she was sitting down, talking to me while I was doing this, acting as though cutting my toenails in a public place wasn’t unusual at all. I knew that doing this norm violation would be risky and I even wondered if I would possibly get kicked out for doing this. I sat down next to the first group of people, a man, his wife, and a younger child and began cutting my toenails while talking with my girlfriend. The couple looked at me with complete disgust when they realized that I was cutting my toenails but didn’t get up to move or anything. I was shocked that the couple didn’t get up and leave because if that happened to me, I would’ve moved. I committed the same norm violation three more times next to bigger groups of people. I got the same reaction with these bigger groups as I did with the couple. I got looks of disgust and people rolling their eyes at me. Cutting toenails in public is a huge norm violation and it is usually done in the privacy of one’s own home. People do not expect to see others cutting their toenails in public, especially in a place where there is

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