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Sociology 101 Violating Social Norms Essay DO NOT BUY

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Sociology 101 Violating Social Norms Essay DO NOT BUY SOC 101

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This is my sociology essay response on violating social norms for Sociology 101 for Dr.Sarah Epplen at Mankato State University. (12:30 Class, Tuesday and Thursdays)
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Date Created: 10/05/16
Blair Wareham Sociology (12:30) Violating Social Norms September 25, 2016 Talking to strangers in public Social sanctions are mechanisms of social control that enforce folkways, norms, and  morals. The seriousness of a social sanction depends on how strictly the norms or morals are  held. When it comes to social norms, going out of social morals in public can be a major deal.  Talking to strangers may or may not be something everyone is comfortable with. I know for  myself that is something I wouldn’t consider doing.  Being in a daily environment filled with strangers and being forced to make a  conversation with those I do not know can be challenging. (For example: first day of college  classes, most classes I was put into small groups where we were encouraged to learn more about  are other group members and create conversations with them throughout the class) Compared to  talking to strangers of those you are forced to talk to and those you choose to talk to has a  significant difference. Being forced to make conversation with those you are surrounded by is  not only based off of personality traits, but also based off of communication skills and feelings of shyness or comfortableness with strangers. In this social experiment, I will be conducting how  others react, and my feelings towards those reactions.  To first start off my social experiment, I tested talking to individuals I have seen in  classes, or those who live in my dorm hall, although I didn’t fully know. Throughout step one of  my three plan social experiment of talking to strangers, this first experiment was nerve wracking. Living on an all­girls floor, the social expectation is to smile at other females throughout the hall, in the bathroom, or elsewhere. Although, the social norms are that you only initiate facial  expressions or verbal communication to those you know. Only knowing a handful of girls on my  floor, I choose to initiate conversation with those on my floor who I hardly knew. Surprisingly,  my experiment went better than I had expected. All the girls I had smiled at or started a  conversation with on my floor were very engaged and willing to have a conversation or  exchange a familiar expression. My reaction to step one of my social experiment of talking to  strangers went surprisingly well. Before conducting step one I was nervous to see the reaction of  other girls because of the stereotype that all girls are mean (which I don’t believe, but always is  in the back of my head when it comes to meeting new people). Lastly, my ending result reaction  to this first part of my experiment gave me further encouragement to talk to future strangers and  conduct my further steps.  Step two of my social experiment was attempt to make conversation with those of the  opposite sex. Going about this step was considerably nerve wracking to me, due to the fact that  guys tend to be intimidating, based off of personal experience and opinion. I choose to talk to  males in my dorm hall and while eating at the Carcoski Commons. While being quite nervous  conducting this step of the experiment, it was more difficult than I thought. It was much easier  talking to males in my dorm hall because of face familiarity. Talking to strangers that were males while getting food was not only awkward, yet was also hard to get their attention because they  were focused on one thing, and that was choosing their food. Another issue I ran into was those  males thinking I was attempting to hit on them. I found it bothersome that I couldn’t even  attempt to talk to that male without them thinking I was hitting on them. Throughout step two of  my three step plan, I have noticed a significant amount of increased awkwardness and gender  based assumptions. My reaction to this awkward yet disappointing experiment was not only  disappointed in myself, but I felt as if the males I choose to talk to that had either little to no  interest in what I had to say, or were too interested in what I had to say and assumed I was hitting on them. Unfortunately, I was hoping plan two of talking with strangers would have gone better. Lastly, to end my social experiment of talking to strangers, I choose to talk to strangers  out in public whom I have never seen nor talked to. Overall, I was most nervous for this last step  of my experiment. Not only is it socially not a norm to talk to random strangers out in public, it  also can be considered strange. I began by just saying hello and smiling at individuals as they  passed me, most of the time they would do the same. Once working up the courage to have a  conversation with a stranger I was not only nervous, but worried of what they might do once I  strike the conversation with them. Many of the individuals I had a conversation with were very  polite and were non­judgmental when I spoke with them. Although, looking back at the situation  I believe that if someone who looked different or not “normal” based off of what society’s ideal  image is the ending result would have been much different. In conclusion, this social experiment based on talking to strangers went surprisingly well. Besides the fact that some situations were awkward and I wasn’t acknowledged, this overall  social experiment was an eye opener for me when it comes to meeting strangers and  communicating.


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