In society many people don’t even realize they have something
that is called norm and what that means is there are rules for how people should
act in a certain group or models of behavior labeled by society. By having this
rule called norm many people feel safe and comfortable in society without even
knowing it. Most norms are usually predictable and people like the feeling of
predictability in their society because it’s a way of making them feel safe. Having
norms are very crucial to today’s society without them there would be chaos. There
are different types of norms depending on which society one is located in. People’s
norms would not be the same if they are at home than if they were at school,
work, or simply out in public. Have you ever talked to someone and they never
broke eye contact? The answer would be no because according to our social norm,
people keep eye contact for a while then look away for a couple of seconds and
make eye contact once again. If someone were to keep eye contact the whole time
among someone, one would automatically feel uncomfortable and what the person
that is maintaining the eye contact is doing would be called breaching. For my experiment
I decided to go out in public and breach to test these norms for myself. I went
to different places around my neighborhood to see how people would react to me
just telling them in detail how my whole day has been so far after they have asked
me how my day has been going.

            First thing
to remember is when someone asks you how your day is going, normally one would reply
with one word or a casual short answer such as “good” or “so far it’s going
great”. With that being said, you could only imagine how people started to
react once I started telling them about my whole day. The different types of
reactions I got varied from culture and age. I noticed most of the older people
would try to engage with me and actually give me some kind of advice or just
simply carried on a conversation. Whereas the younger group typically felt extremely
uncomfortable and would not say much or tried to get away as quickly as possible.