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Unformatted text preview: When we talk to someone, we normally are at a socially acceptable distance from the person we are speaking to. It is considered the social norm when having a conversation. In order to test this, I decided to go around and try and talk to someone, only getting within a foot of his or her face and trying to continue the conversation I was going to have. I tried to break this social normal with people I did not know, so it would make the experiment more accurate. Before I even started the experiment, I hypothesized that all of the people I tried this experiment on would instantly take a couple steps back, giving me a weird look. When the time came to break that social norm and invade that space, the first person I tried it on gave me one of the weirdest looks I have seen before, and took a couple steps back, and we continued talking, but it was obviously they were still thinking about what just happened. I figured that would happen, so I was able to save myself a lot of embarrassment. To make sure it wasn’t just the one person’s personality that save myself a lot of embarrassment....
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- Spring '08
- Sociology, social norm