The Effects Of Social Norms On Society And How People As Individuals Act

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The social experiment I decided to do that would violate a social norm and get feedback was that I watched seven groups of people throughout the day while I stood the wrong way in the elevator. I would stand backwards, back facing the door because everyone thought standing face first is “normal”. I got all types reactions from laughing to even being asked if I was ok and if there was something wrong. This contradicted my theory and proved it wrong which was if I stand the wrong way in the elevator and go against the social norms that people find normal then people still won’t really react to my actions.

I really enjoyed doing this experiment because it proved a lot about social norms and breaking them. It showed the significance of social norms how much social norms play a role in society and how people as individuals act. The social norm I broke was so basic but yet it proved to be so great in how people saw me and how they reacted. Me standing the wrong way changed people 's thinking towards the whole situation, in the elevator they started to feel uncomfortable because my actions went against the social norm which is standing facing the door and anything that goes against the social norm is not normal. The gesture was small yet it proved to generate greater reactions. This experiment proves that there are such things as social norms that aren’t even formally stated and as a society rules are set as to how one should behave and when broken one is met with reactions and…

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