Social Norms

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A norm is something that is comfortable, standard, or usual. This norms paper I will discuss two times that I had violated a norm. Violating a norm is doing something that isn’t very normal for people to do. It’s not breaking any laws or rules but violating a norm. I decided to break two social norms that I thought would a good violation and something that I expected to see a lot of reactions with. I will then talk about nonverbal and verbal reactions that I got from people around me and sometimes even my friends that were with me while I violated these norms. The first social norm that I decided to break was going to the beach in floaties and a inflatable tube around my waist. I thought this would be something good to try out due to the …show more content…
As I got to the beach I didn’t have the floaties on me but I had them in my backpack, as I pulled them out and started blowing up no one really noticed or paid attention to me. I understood this because I could be blowing them up for a kid or something like that. After I was done blowing them all up i decided to start putting them on my body one on each arm then the tube around my waist. While putting them on I looked around and noticed people staring at me confused and some even laughing. As I started walking into the water I noticed more and more people staring and laughing at me, pointing fingers and taking pictures. My friends that I came with started laughing at me as well and didn 't want be even close to me at all. Many people did nonverbal reactions such as laughing and pointing fingers at me. There were also verbal reactions such as people saying “ Nice floaties”, “ How old are you?” and “ You are a grown man come on”. While I was in the water kids came up to me and asked, “ Why are you wearing those kid floaties?”. I replied, “ Why can’t I?”. “ Because you are a big boy and already know how to swim!”, he replied. So why was it that only kids were able to wear floaties …show more content…
This is something I definitely know would grab much attention and reactions. As I pulled up to the first fast food place McDonalds I ordered a cheeseburger and fries at the first stop then they told me to proceed to the next window to pay and pick up my food. As soon as they told me this I skipped the second window and immediately parked and went inside of McDonalds. I could see the worker looking out of the second window confused. I then went to the register and told them that I had already ordered food that I just needed to pay and pick it up. The workers that I had talked to in the drive thru looked at me as if I was weird and not normal. He then looked at me with a confused face saying “ Yeah you do everything in the drive thru? Including paying and picking up that’s why it’s called a drive thru?”. He said it as if I was the dumbest person in the world. I then replied by saying, “ I know”. He just looked at me very confused but charged me and gave me my food and I was on my way to the next place. My next stop was starbucks, again I ordered with someone they told me to pull up to the next window to be charged and I would be given my food. Again I skipped the window parked and got out again the person at the second window had a face of curiosity. As I got out of my car he yelled “ I have your drink right here!”. I walked into starbucks and obviously there was a

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