What Is Breaking A Norm

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Breaking a norm, no matter how small it seemed, was actually much more difficult than I anticipated. My partner and I decided to break elevator etiquette by facing the back wall, rather than the doors of the elevator when riding it. Instead of walking into the elevator and facing our bodies to the front of the elevator, we stayed facing the back walls. Nothing else in our behavior was out of the ordinary, we didn’t speak to anyone, nor did we make eye contact with anyone. We kept to ourselves and acted normally, except for the fact that we were facing the wrong direction. We studiously stared at the wall while one of us observed the reactions of our fellow elevator riders. While I stood in the back corner observing the reactions to my partner’s

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