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OfflineSpecialEd
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Breaking Social Norms
    #2178501 - 12/15/03 03:28 AM (13 years, 5 months ago)

Why is it impolite to stare?
Why do strangers avoid eye contact?
Why is it impolite to ask personal questions?
Why is it rude to burp and fart?
Why do we greet people with sayings like "what's up, how's it going?"
Why do people try to fit in?

I don't get it.

I'm going to start breaking these norms.


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Re: Breaking Social Norms [Re: SpecialEd]
    #2178533 - 12/15/03 03:43 AM (13 years, 5 months ago)

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SpecialEd said:
Why is it rude to burp and fart?





Sorry, but your right to fart ends where my nose begins.


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Re: Breaking Social Norms [Re: SpecialEd]
    #2178629 - 12/15/03 04:24 AM (13 years, 5 months ago)

Break 'em all you want, but don't expect people to like it. Social norms, however silly they may seem, are an integral part of any culture, and people get offended when you break them.


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Re: Breaking Social Norms [Re: silversoul7]
    #2178780 - 12/15/03 05:23 AM (13 years, 5 months ago)

it really never IS impolite to stare. it all has to do with the ego I think.

why do strangers avoid eye contact?? because they are scared or too full of judgement maybe??

again these are things that are relative to the viewer so personal questions begs to ask, what's personal?

rude to burp and fart??? man you need to laugh at that shit. if you can't laugh at your own bodily fuctions you are tripping lol

the what's up how's it going hting is just agreeting. just like a handshake per se. a greeting, to know that one wants to start conversating.

fitting in has to do with the psyche of the person. if they are in a good state, then they should know who they are and what they represent. most people need to "find" themselves before not wanting to fit into some kind of "norm"

all these question revolve around the ego which is really all about perspective. what's right to you may not be right to me ya know!!

no need to think on these things I guess, just recognize them for what they are. just judgements


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Re: Breaking Social Norms [Re: SpecialEd]
    #2178799 - 12/15/03 05:28 AM (13 years, 5 months ago)

I have better questions:

Why didn't i know it was rude to stare?

WHy do i usually stare, without a care?

Ask me all the personal questions you want. I dont have to answer them do i? I'll do the same.


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Re: Breaking Social Norms [Re: SpecialEd]
    #2180274 - 12/15/03 07:15 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

Quote:

SpecialEd said:
Why is it impolite to stare?
Why do strangers avoid eye contact?
Why is it impolite to ask personal questions?
Why is it rude to burp and fart?
Why do we greet people with sayings like "what's up, how's it going?"
Why do people try to fit in?



The primative instinct that makes it so when we stare/make eye contact we want to fight. You usually have to 'get past it' and know a person for awhile to not care.

Personally questions, because the answer to many of them only they know and some answers may not be approved of.

Burp and fart just because bodily functions are considered dirty, especially tho, the smell probably doesn't help either :rolleyes:

Whats up is jsut a phase, current greetings of the times.

Fitting in has to do w/ the evolution of the brain. We're mostly evolving mentally now and fitting in, along w/ many other things like forming societies and enless other crap (that you'll notice tripping) so thats just another one... Think of it as a super pack, we live in a society, for that to function we need to feel certain things that dont make sense but will make it work better, like trying to fit into your group...


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Re: Breaking Social Norms [Re: kaiowas]
    #2180331 - 12/15/03 07:28 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

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kaiowas said:
it really never IS impolite to stare. it all has to do with the ego I think.



No, it is impolite to stare in our society. In other societies it's not only acceptable, but expected. It's all about what people expect from you. If you break the societal norms which they've come to expect, you disrespect not just them, but their society.

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why do strangers avoid eye contact?? because they are scared or too full of judgement maybe??



Because it can be taken as a sign of hostility. In fact, this seems to match up with the body language of many other animals, such as wolves.

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again these are things that are relative to the viewer so personal questions begs to ask, what's personal?



Your sex life, your relationships, your friendships, your religious beliefs, and in many cases, your political views.

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rude to burp and fart??? man you need to laugh at that shit. if you can't laugh at your own bodily fuctions you are tripping lol



Farts smell bad, and while burping may be acceptable in some situations, it can be considered obnoxious in others. On an interesting side note, in Japan it's considered good table manners to burp after a meal.


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Re: Breaking Social Norms [Re: SpecialEd]
    #2180490 - 12/15/03 08:27 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

It is good to remember that these actions are not rude within themselves, the innate rudeness lies in the violating the perspectives of the people around you.  It's well and good to have different boundaries from others but you need to respect theirs.  In other words, it's all good if you don't care about people letting beef next to you, but don't go busting ass in someone else's face if they don't like it.  :wink:


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Re: Breaking Social Norms [Re: SpecialEd]
    #2182049 - 12/16/03 10:51 AM (13 years, 5 months ago)

at least those aren't legally enforced. try not wearing pants.  :laugh:


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Re: Breaking Social Norms [Re: SpecialEd]
    #2182320 - 12/16/03 01:40 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

Ha, I broke one today. I was in a store, and a clerk asked if she could help me find anything.

I said, "Yes, I'm searching for a purpose in life, can you help me with that?"

Unfortunately, she couldn't.


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Re: Breaking Social Norms [Re: SpecialEd]
    #2182435 - 12/16/03 02:19 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

"Why is it impolite to stare?"

Because it's creepy.

"Why do strangers avoid eye contact?"

Eye contact can convey all kinds of messages. People avoid eye contact to avoid awkward or frightening social exchanges.

"Why is it impolite to ask personal questions?"

Because people naturally want to keep some things private. Being asked a bunch of personal questions can be invasive and intimidating.

"Why is it rude to burp and fart?"

Well, that's mostly just a bunch of old rules. Ever smell a fart, though?

"Why do we greet people with sayings like "what's up, how's it going?""

Old customs. Why do we say "Hello" or "Goodbye"?

"Why do people try to fit in?"

Since the beginning of time humans have felt more trusting towards those who are similar to them, and they have also taken steps to model themselves after those who they respect.


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