EXAMPLES OF NORM VIOLATIONS
– 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)
– 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
– 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
– 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
– 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"
– 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
Identify a common social norm and then construct an experiment in which you violate this norm. You should observe how others react to you and also how it makes you feel. You may want to have some helpers who can help observe others’ response, but the experiment should ultimately be your own.
- Before you begin the assignment, pay attention to the people around you or in the situation where you plan to violate a social norm. How are they acting? Observe how this changes when you break the norm.
- Connect your observations and findings to course concepts. This is worth 20 points of your grade.
- Use correct grammar and spelling. This is worth 15 points of your grade.
- Answer three questions from the list below; each answer is worth 10 points.
- If you fail to conform to assignment limitations, you will receive a 0 for this paper.
- Submit your paper to Smartthinking or to a fellow student for comments; this is worth 10 points of your grade.
- Turn in five pages and an additional cover page.
- Remember include a title page and page numbers. This is worth 8 points of your grade.
To get you started, here are some norms you might violate:
- Social Distance Norms
- Conversational Norms
- Gender Norms
- Volume Norms
PLEASE NOTE: A man who decides to grow a beard has not violated a norm, even if he has never worn a beard before. A man who decides to grow a beard and dye it pink has violated a norm, because it is normative for the males of this era to avoid dying their beards.
BE VERY CAREFUL NOT TO DO ANYTHING ILLEGAL
OR THAT PUTS YOU OR OTHERS IN DANGER!
After doing your experiment, answer at least three of the following questions.
- What social sanctions resulted from your norm violation? Who created and/or enforced them? How?
- How do race, class, and/or gender affect your deviance (others perception of it, your ability to do it, different sanctions that might be brought against different groups or person engaging in the same act)?
- What theories best explain the deviance that you have engaged in?
- What if you could not change your norm violation? How would others see you? How would you cope? How would it affect your life and those around you?
- During your time as a “deviant,” how uncomfortable were you? What normally keeps you in line? How hard is it to break an unspoken rule? How are the unspoken rules enforced?
- Don’t do anything that is likely to elicit aggressive responses from others.
- Don’t crowd people using a bank machine or credit card.
- Don’t follow anyone home
- Don’t yell fire in a crowed room
- Don’t scream racial/prejudice slurs
- Don’t threaten or menace other people
- If people become visibly upset, back off. Apologize. Explain your behavior. Have the assignment handy.
-This is not a free pass to be a menace or make people cry.
- Avoid being overtly rude to people, there are many norms to violate and I will be happy to suggest something for you to do.
-Be creative and humorous. This is meant to be fun! If you want to be the punch line of a joke, that's okay! If you don't want to do something overt, that's okay! If you have a great norm violation and you want to involve your friends in trying it out, that's okay!