The second time since I was with my friends, I made two of them go around the door along with me. This time a group of around five had to leave and we were already occupying three of the four spaces in the door. Their expression showed that they were confused and perhaps did not like what we were doing. Of course, it does make sense because it clearly just looked like three people fooling around in a public space intended for frequent use by other people who actually had to get to a place. 5) Were there any differences in people’s reactions between the first and second time you broke the norm? If so, speculate what may account for the differences you observed (e.g., was it because there were 10 other people around versus 2?). The first time, I noticed two things. The first thing was that people usually don’t care what a stranger is doing as long as they are not being affected by it. Sometimes, they are not even paying enough attention to what someone in their surrounding is doing. Had I done something more amusing than just walking around the door, like hopping inside the cafeteria, I think even strangers would have found it amusing and extremely weird at the same time but I chose to violate a social norm is a less weird way which obtained me the reaction only form the person that I knew. The second time, since there were more people involved and they were actually getting affected by it since all of them could not enter at once, the response obtained was slightly towards the negative end.
- Spring '14
- Sociology, psyc