Introduction: Social norms are the base templates which guide our behavior everyday. Social norms entail an expected behavior based off of those norms, and that we will conform to those expectations on a regular basis. These norms rise from our evolution of social dynamics. As the people in a society consistently interact with each other and other components of society, people begin to form a certain set of expectations on how the interactions and situations should proceed. As a large portion of society begins to conform to this standard, the certain behaviors that one would have in a particular situation will start to be considered as normative behaviors.
Social norms are rules that have been ingrained in society and people for hundreds of years. These societal rules can be anything from not talking to strangers on the subway to wearing weather appropriate clothes in public. Yet, when these societal norms are broken, the observers, as well as the person who destroyed the norm, are affected. Societal norms play in large role in how a person conducts him or herself when interacting with others. When deciding what social interaction, I would break, I wanted to do something that would be easy for me to fully commit to without facing too much embarrassment.
Norms and values dominate every society around the world and dictate the subsequent culture within it. A norm can be defined as the expected ways of behavior within a society. The disruption of these norms is quite obvious, whether it be a casual or more serious offense. Society tends to overlook the norms that dictate the behavior in an elevator. Participants A and B entered elevators in two resident halls located at Saint Mary’s College in order to observe the behavior of others.
My little brother walks in and asked me to take him to the store. He wanted to get some things for his daughter before we left to Cold Lake. So I went for a quick drive to town and returned home within 16 minutes. When I approached my mom’s house I beeped the horn for her to hurry up because I wanted to get there before the stores closed. Of course me I forgot it was Friday which means late night shopping.
This trip to the store was different. I almost got into a car accident! On top of that, I started cursing out the person that almost hit me. I was starting to feel road rage. That’s when I said to myself, “If this next store don’t have them, then you need to take yo ass home because, you’re burning all this gas and you’re about to get your truck tore, up over some damn Twinkies!”
I started to explain that my day started off with burning my hand while trying to pour hot water, how I managed to crack my phone with just a single, clumsy drop. Bad enough I had to walk home soaked in the rain while going to the bus stop only to notice that I’ve taken the wrong bus ten minutes after I got on. To top it off I was left shivering, finding out that I was locked out. To my utter surprise, the previously sad and unemotional man was now laughing hysterically, with tears trickling down his face. I guess what I said worth a little chuckle, but it wasn’t that funny.
The subtle but accepted social norms can be categorised neatly into two categories; folkways and mores. While both of these are informal social rules; folkways carry almost no punishment, although, mores are rules that when broken reap heavy consequences. The study of social norms is best done under the symbolic interactionalism lens. Symbolic interactionalism allows us to look at society on a micro level, meaning, we are able to focus on individuals, particularly, emphasizing verbal and physical gestures and how we interpret them.
Depending on how people behave and the results or consequences of its acts tell them not to do it again. The actions of other people can affect others, such that action can be considered inappropriate. Opinions are free to say while actions require some regulation. According to Mill Society disapproves an action through "advice, persuasion, instruction and avoidance by other people if thought necessary by them for their own good. " There are some conditions in which not all actions that cause damage or harm others are bad, but for example; if a person has a raised at his/her job and success even more than the other coworkers, then there is no right to punish people for the harm caused.
I will refrain from any trouble and focus on school work. The second value says “I will embrace my responsibilities as a member of this community.” I will live by this value by growing up and taking responsibility for my actions. I will ensure that I am doing everything in my power to show that I am taking responsibility for my actions. No matter how the incident occurred I still broke the law and that was not acceptable.
I inquired about his enlarged jacket and he immediately smiled and told me to keep my mouth shut. We left the store and he showed me what he stole, a Rawlings trapeze glove, matte tape, and cleat cleaner. I had trouble believing what I saw and I regret not saying anything to him at that point. In fact, I regret not
After I could see again, I jumped up and ran over to my duffel bag to grab my baseball clothes. I threw my clothes on rapidly because my stomach was rumbling and I wanted to go down to the lobby to get a bite to eat. When I got down to the lobby, I found some of my baseball team already eating, so I hustled over to the food area and grabbed a plate. When I sat down with my food, I asked my friend Charlie, “How is the food?”
The social norm I chose to violate was scaring others at a haunted house; while many people were expecting to be scared, they were not expecting to be scared by somebody that they saw standing in line next to them. This occurred Tuesday the 20th of October around the hours of 2030 and 2100 at the Frightmare Compound with some friends and strangers that were around. I walked around with my group scaring them at moments just before the actors scared them. I also chose to scare a few other people that I did not know that were in other groups which may have not been the best choice as explained later on. I chose to violate the norm which was not to scare others because it is simply not a nice thing to do as my parents brought me up in a way to