Breaching Experiment Essay

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Breaching Experiment

In social psychology and sociology field, a breaching experiment is one that evaluates the reaction of people to violation of accepted norms. The experiments consist of the exhibition of conscious engender, and social structure analysis that make the social reaction possible.
In today’s world, it seems everybody owns a mobile phone, and when people are in public areas, particularly a library, it is a social norm to either put it off or put it in a silent mode. But for my breaching experiment I wanted to break this social norm by going to the library and put my phone on, on full volume and see how people around me would react. Some of the reactions were surprising, but
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One possible reason that I concluded was the people within, thought that the person was simply ignoring their phone since they did not want to talk with the person calling. Another reason would be that; the people around the individual whose phone is ringing are afraid of the reaction of the person if they confront him/her. Things that result from alerting an individual their phone is ringing would be things like a feeling as if there would an embarrassment. If the above things are true, I think we have come to some sad times in today’s society, where if one cannot hear their phone ring, they would not be told due to how the other person would feel. I believe such things should change, so that we all are a complete functioning interconnected community, and not groups of people who fear interacting with each other due to the often-harmless impact of our actions.

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