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Date Created: 03/09/16
Hanna McClain Sociology 1010­P25 28 January 2016 Social Norms  Every society has certain actions that typically are not broken; these actions are called  social norms. Typically, these norms are not broken, because a lot of the time, they are not  though about on a day to day basis. I have broken three social norms that have raised some  eyebrows and have caused a few people to question my actions. The first norm I broke was in my AP Statistics class at school, because what a better way  to start the morning than by acting like a fool in public. I sat down next to my table partner and  waited for her to get all of her supplies out. Once she was situated, I reached over and took her  pencil; she didn’t seem too bothered by it but still noticed. Next, I decided I would go a little  further and took her calculator, when I did that, she looked up and asked why I was acting so  weird. I then explained to her that it was for a class, and we laughed about it. For my second norm, I decided to pay for the person’s meal behind me at the drive  through. I was at Chickfila and wanted to pay it forward, since it had happened to me just a few  weeks earlier. I pulled up to the window, gave the worker fifteen dollars, and told her to take  whatever my change would be and put it towards the next guest’s meal. Even though that fifteen  dollars might not have paid for their whole order, I thought it would be a kind gesture, because I  know what a difference such a small action can do to improve someone’s day. My final act of breaking the norm occurred while I was at home; I started making dinner  and waited for my mom to get home to see her response. When I am at home before my mom, I  almost never cook dinner, because I know that she will do it when she gets home. However, that  day I decided to take some of the stress off my mom for a day and make dinner for her for a  change. She arrived at our house and was pleasantly surprised at the work I was putting into  making her happy. Even though for a moment she thought I was just doing it to get something I  wanted, she was still pleased with my effort.  I found breaking social norms to be entertaining, whether they were with someone that I  know or with a complete stranger. Throughout time, I will try to make more of an effort to break  norms just to see some of the responses that I will receive—maybe that will influence others to  defy social norms as well. 


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