Test your knowledge



Test your knowledge
Test your knowledge
Cristina Bicchieri
Recently, a Yahoo answers reader called kattizzl asked
an apparently innocuous question: “What are 10
examples of social norms?”
The answers were all over the place.
Here I list a few, without comment.
Which ones would you consider social norms? Why?
giving a gift during Christmas
image from: www.public.iastate.edu/~sonsaat/skillsconsolidation/giftgivingintro.html
“leaving a tip for the waiter (hopefully at least 15%)”
“only having sex with consenting adults”
“saying please and thank you”
image from: talkfeeleez.wordpress.com/tag/saying-please-and-thank-you/
“avoid burping or farting in public”
image from: the-unpopular-opinions.tumblr.com/post/24245207059
“smile when you are being introduced to
someone you don’t know”
image from: www.commentsyard.com/comments/smile/
“chewing food with no sound”
image from: isabellasnow.hubpages.com/hub/Dating_Tips_for_Men__Mind_Your_Table_Manners
“you offer an elder man/woman to be first at
anything like standing in line, having your seat”
image from: www.simongarrod.com
“not kissing your boyfriend in front of your
image from: nintendomaximus.deviantart.com/art/Jimmy-n-Cindy-Kissing-2577294
“when you have guests at home you must offer
them drinks or food”
image from: volunteers.educationforallmorocco.org/2008_10_01_archive.html
“treat managers, professors, or anyone above
you ‘differently’ if you know what I mean”
“men pay for dinner most of the time”
image from: www.beinglatino.us/uncategorized/let%E2%80%99s-split-the-bill%E2%80%A6or-not/
“stopping at red light, moving at green”
image from: www.onestepahead.com
“paying for groceries after you shop”
image from: madamenoire.com/53951/how-to-be-supportive-when-your-loved-one-is-fighting-for-the-cure/woman-paying-groceries/
“waiting in line at the DMV”
image from: t2.gstatic.com
“mowing your lawn”
image from: www.goodingsnursery.com/?nav=landscape&sub=Mowing
“brushing your teeth everyday”
image from: dentalhealthsite.com
“wearing clothes when out in public”
image from: www.dreamstime.com/stock-photography-stock-photography-man-barrel-image2077142
“in the U.S. everyone going to school when
image from: www.healthyfeetblog.com/kids-feet-are-going-back-to-school
“driving on the right side of the road”
image from: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Drive_on_left_in_australia.jpg
“it is a social rule that ordinary citizens should
not pick up garbage from the street, or mend
street signs, or otherwise fix problems that are
not their ‘job’”
“religious practices”
image from: www.cam.net.uk
“not having sex with every stranger you meet”
“getting driver’s license at 16”
image from: redbus2us.com
“wrapping Christmas presents”
image from: www.greenvillencrealestateco.com/Blog/A-Greenville-NC-Christmas
“calling to let someone know you will be late”
image from: www.officeclipart.com
“talking the same language”
image from: jhfr9provahasan.wordpress.com/2012/02/
“wearing the same clothing, especially of a
similar style”
image from: fairweatherfashion.blogspot.com/2010/07/exactitudes.html
Social norms, social change
Cristina Bicchieri
University of Pennsylvania
• Give you diagnostic tools to determine the
nature of different collective behaviors
• Improve your understanding of how to
address specific problems
• Suggest ways to intervene in specific
Some presented case studies
• Breastfeeding
• Child marriage
Understand similarities and differences
Often different problems have a similar
underlying structure

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