Essay on Society 's Norms At The Elevator

1074 Words Nov 4th, 2016 5 Pages
Ding! The elevator has finally arrived as the steel doors slowly start to open.

Once ajar, people walk inside and push the circular button adjacent to their corresponding floor. Then, they cram in trying not to crowd the other passengers as much as possible. They stand there waiting until they arrive at their floor and then walk through the potential maze of people as they scurry off through the doorway to their destination. This has become society 's normal behavior in elevators. However, what if someone acted differently than expected? Would you say something, ignore them, or modify your behavior?

I decided to test this breaking two of society 's norms at once. For children it is not uncommon to sit on the floor, but once you are older in most situations it becomes odd to do so. As I am middle age, I fall into the group expected to follow society 's constructed norms, of sitting in a chair - except for in certain circumstances - and following elevator edicate. So I decided to see people’s reaction to someone sitting not just on the floor, but the floor of an elevator. In addition to my deviance of the standing elevator norm, I wanted to test if the quantity of the different behavior affected the results. To test the amount of deviance I enlisted the help of a friend. An extra pair of eyes also allowed for me to collect more data as it can be difficult to inspect multiple reactions at once. As the performed behavior is odd, I expected to receive mostly negative…

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