There are classic examples such as boarding public transportation like a metro bus or train, and asking a person "May I please have your seat?" while there are still a bunch of empty seats around. Another one is the elevator scenario, where you stand facing the back of the elevator, and thus, the passengers' faces, instead of the front of the elevator, or you wait for the elevator door to open, find only one person occupying the area, and say "I think I'll wait for the next one." These are all clever examples of social norm violations, but I've been googling "breaking social norms" and all the people of other forums only seem to mix up "doing something stupid," "endangering yourself," "irritating people," "potentially breaking the law," and "asking to get beaten up (hugging strangers?)" with actually going against a normal social norm. Some of the more clever/normal/safe/interesting social norm violation suggestions I found were:
- eating foods requiring forks/knives with your hand
- going to a table and asking that person "are you going to eat that? It looks REALLLYY good"
- cleverly conjuring up a self-animated conversation in a coffee shop
- eating on the floor of a fast food restaurant
- performing exercise stretches in a weird, out of place situation
- my sister did this one, not bad: she went around on a day other than halloween and trick-or-treated
What can you guys think of that are NORMAL, CIVILIZED, NON-DANGEROUS ways of going against social norms? This might be more difficult than you think, we're so accustomed to these norms that we forget what they actually are.