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Social Norms Violation Essay

EXAMPLES OF NORM VIOLATIONS

PUBLIC BEHAVIOR

– WALK ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE SIDEWALK

– HAVE A ANIMATED CONVERSATION WITH YOURSELF IN PUBLIC

– LOOK UP ALL THE TIME

– SAY HELLO TO EVERYONE

– WHEN PEOPLE ASK YOU HOW YOU ARE DOING, TELL THEM ABOUT YOUR WHOLE DAY

– WEAR YOUR CLOTHES BACKWARDS

– DON’T TAKE YOUR HAT, COAT, & GLOVES OFF, EVEN INSIDE.

– VIOLATE PEOPLES PERSONAL SPACE

– WHISPER TO WHEN YOU TALK

– YELL WHEN YOU TALK

– ASK STRANGERS IF YOU CAN CUT IN LINE. IF THEY ASK WHY YOU NEED TO, THEN SAY YOU DON’T REALLY FEEL LIKE WAITING FOR VERY LONG.

– AT YOUR PARENTS HOME ASK FOR PERMISSION TO DO EVERYTHING (GET A DRINK, USE THE BATHROOM, WATCH TV, ETC)

 

BATHROOMS

– DON’T FLUSH WHEN YOU ARE DONE

– TALK TO OTHERS WHILE THEY ARE BUSY

– TALK TO SOMEONE IN ANOTHER STALL

– ASK FOR THEIR TOILET PAPER

 

ELEVATORS

– TALK TO STRANGERS

– FACE THE BACK OF THE ELEVATOR

– PUSH THE BUTTONS FOR FLOORS YOUR NOT GOING TO

NEVER GET OFF

– SAY YOU WILL "WAITE FOR THE NEXT ONE" WHEN ONLY ONE PERSON IS ON IT

– GO ELEVATOR SURFING

– STAND RIGHT BY SOMEONE EVEN WHEN YOU ARE THE ONLY 2 PEOPLE IN THE ELEVATOR

 

CLASSROOM

– SIT IN OTHER PEOPLE’S CHAIRS EVERY DAY

– MAKE CONSTANT EYE CONTACT WITH THE INSTRUCTOR

– NEVER MAKE EYE CONTACT WITH THE INSTRUCTOR / NEVER BREAK EYE CONTACT WITH THE INSTRUCTOR

– TALK AND THEN RAISE YOUR HAND

– SIT ON THE FRONT ROW AND PICK YOUR NOSE

– NEVER BRING A BOOK, PENCIL, OR PAPER

– READ A NOVEL DURING CLASS

 

DINNING

– EAT SOUP WITH A FORK

– EAT DESERT FIRST

– EAT STEAK WITH A KNIFE AND SPOON

– EAT WITH YOUR HANDS

– EAT OFF OTHER PEOPLE’S PLATES

– USE OVERLY FORMAL EATING ETIQUETTE WHEN EATING WITH FRIENDS OR FAMILY

– BE RUDE TO THE WAITER AND THEN APOLOGIZE AND THEN BE RUDE AGAIN

– BRING YOUR OWN CHEESE AND ASK THEM TO PUT IT ON YOUR HAMBURGER.

– WALK THROUGH THE DRIVE THROUGH

– DRIVE BACKWARDS THROUGH THE DRIVE THROUGH

– ORDER FOOD THAT IS NOT ON THE MENU

– ASK FOR SUBSTITUTIONS EVEN WHEN IT SAYS "NO SUBSTITUTIONS"

 

PHONE

– SAY GOODBYE WHEN YOU ANSWER THE PHONE

– SAY HELLO WHEN YOU HANG UP

– SAY "I LOVE YOU" WHEN ENDING A CONVERSATION EVEN WITH FRIENDS AND STRANGERS

– REFUSE TO TAKE A MESSAGE

– ANSWER THE PHONE AND WAIT FOR THE OTHER PERSON TO SPEAK FIRST.

– DON’T ATTEMPT TO FILL IN, UNCOMFORTABLE PAUSES IN CONVERSATIONS

– PRETEND YOU ARE AN ANSWERING MACHINE

– WHEN PEOPLE CALL WITH WRONG NUMBER TELL THEM THAT THE PERSON THEY ARE LOOKING FOR WAS ARRESTED, THAT YOU’RE A COP, AND YOU HAVE SOME QUESTIONS YOU WOULD LIKE TO ASK

– ASK TELE- MARKETERS IF YOU CAN CALL THEM BACK

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Sociology 101: Introduction to Sociology Professor: Dr. Tracy Scott Department: Sociology SOC 101: Breaking Norms Writing Assignment (5-7 Pages) Breaking Social Norms: Personal Space In American society, personal space is valued and is seen as a right that is expected to be given to everyone. The physical closeness allowed between individuals is determined by the degree of their relationship. In a public environment such as restaurants and other eating establishments, people sitting together in a table often are familiar and comfortable enough with each other to allow themselves to be near in proximity to other people. Those people sitting together may be family members, friends, or acquaintances willing to get to know one another. Because of this norm that we carry in the United States, rarely do we in real life see someone voluntarily sitting with a total stranger in randomness without the other finding the person to be strange or irregular. This was always intriguing to me, so I chose to do an experiment on the significance of personal space in public. As part of my research, I decided to break this social norm of personal space in a public eating area at Emory. I experimented with this three times when I was at the Dobbs University Commons, more commonly known as the DUC cafeteria where many Emory students would eat throughout the day. The social norm in this environment was much like any other eating establishment: people sat with others that they knew close enough to open their personal space to them. If they did not see anyone that they recognized, then they tended to sit by themselves. I broke this social norm by sitting with three different types of people that I did not know, two of those strangers that I voluntarily sat with as part of my experiment and the third as an accidental occurrence where I was the victim that had