Social Science Experiment Essay

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The social science experiment I conducted involved me violating a social norm and observing the reactions I would get for doing something considered “not normal” by societal standards. I monitored the reactions of five different groups throughout the experiment to get the best results. I rode the elevator five times but instead of standing the “normal” way which is facing the door an unspoken social norm I stood the wrong way. I stood backwards facing the back instead of the door. I got various reactions ranging from laughing to even being asked if I was ok this contradicted my hypothesis and proved it wrong which was even if I stand the wrong way in the elevator and go against the social norm then people still won’t really react.

The experiment
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The control group of course did not react in any way toward me. But when I exposed the variable to the experimental group everything changed. People started to notice me they stared they gave me looks like there might be something wrong with me. The two groups differed in behaviors. The elevator rides differed in that the people acted completely different toward me in the two cases. This is evident in all the reactions I got from the staring to getting looks. People stayed away from me they were uncomfortable something not evident in the control group. Especially in the case of the man who asked me if I was ok. His behavior and the rest of the experimental group showed how me breaking the social norm affects not only me but the people around me and changes the way I am seen to the world. He would have probably not asked me this is I was standing the right way. But because I violated the social norm his behavior and reactions changed. The groups acted differently because of the variable which made all the …show more content…
Society as a whole has learned to conform so as not to be the odd one out. The social based rules that were made people as a whole have learned to change there behavior to conform to the universal social code so they aren’t different. And when they see someone who acts differently they see them as “weird” different. People like behaviorists would say have been “shaped” a certain way a socially acceptable which is why people reacted the way they did to me. I went against everyone the rules of society by not conforming hence I was the odd one out. If it weren’t for the social norms then maybe I would not have gotten the reactions I did because there wouldn’t be anything to conform too. Also one can being in compliance in the case of the teenage boy and girl. From the reactions one can say the girl was complying with the boy who kept pointing it out to her. She decided to listen to the boy. He wasn’t an authority figure but her peer hence she complied with listening to him and staring at me. Group thinking was also evident in the reactions of the elementary school kids who were all pointing and laughing as one instead of one of them deciding not to do it and going against it. One can infer that some of the reactions showed the following of the social norm of not being rude. While some of them stared they did not do anything as not to be rude which is in its own way following a social norm of

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