You're on the bus, and one of the only free seats is next to you. How, and why, do you stop another passenger sitting there? New research reveals the tactics commuters use to avoid each other, a practice the paper published in Symbolic Interaction describes as 'nonsocial transient behavior.'
The study was carried out by Esther Kim, from Yale University, who chalked up thousands of miles of bus travel to examine the unspoken rules and behaviors of commuters.
Over three years Kim took coach trips across the United States. Kim's first trip, between Connecticut and New Mexico, took two days and 17 hours, and this was followed by further adventures from California to Illinois, Colorado to New York, and Texas to Nevada.
Lateralman wrote:You set your hair on fire. Why? Because you are a nutter.
M Paul Lloyd wrote:Does this actually have any meaningful purpose Lateral, or did your brain just fall out?
So you strategically remove your coat and smile (or at least appear less hostile or indifferent) when a suitable candidate appears.
ChrisH wrote:I heard the best way is to pat the empty seat and smile lovingly at the person.
Jamie wrote:On the rare occasion that I take public transport, I always seem to get the old smelly old man, whose pants are held up by string, sitting next to me.
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