“May I Have Your Seat?”
If you walk up to a stranger on the New York subway and say “Excuse me, may I have your seat?” what will they do? According to several studies, over 60% of people will stand up and give you their seat. However, that’s not the interesting point of the study. Amazingly, it was extremely difficult for the researchers to even ask somebody to give up their seat! Many couldn’t do it all, some froze and others felt sick to their stomachs! Breaking social norms may be a lot harder than you think!