My topic for the interview project is bridges in new York, and what it felt like to build a bridge in new York. the experiences the subject went through, the trials and tribulations. some of the questions I am going to ask are, what did you feel while working on the bridge? did you ever feel like your life was in danger? what did you see, feel or hear? this project matters because the bridges in new York are a big part of the city. the people of new York travel across them every day and never think of the massive process it took to make them. we already know how they are made with iron bars and wires; but what we don’t know is how the people who made them felt. I am going to start off by interviewing my dad because he use to be a iron worker on bridges, then ill ask him if he knows of any other people who worked on bridges so I can get a different prospective.
Stephen Johnson Deeble
All across the world people study behavior ticks and reactions. Understanding what makes people behavior in certain ways are key to society evolving and becoming more peaceful. Milgram believed that cities and areas were over populated, causing aggravation (Mills, 1970).Lou did a study based of Mills work where he wanted to test the behavior of people who were riding mass transportation when asked for their seat. In the experiment Lou wanted to use a group of students to ask elderly ladies and pregnant woman to get out of there seat to see how they reacted (Lou ,2004). Whyte believes that people are forced to interact if they live in large cities, just how like New York is highly populated (Whyte 1980). This relates to my study because it is a way to test social norms and see how far you can push the limits. My research hypothesis was that if you sit too close to people it will make them uncomfortable and cause a negative reaction.
When we first started our study we were first going to sit in other people’s groups and listen to their conversations but that sounded a little too controversial. We decided to go to the main lobby and sit next to people who were alone. When we sat next to each stranger we made sure that we were uncomfortably close to them; so close that our legs were touching the other person. We never said any words, just sat next to them and awaited a reaction. Two of my group members were doing the part where you have to sit next to strangers (Ludy and Anna) while Amanda and I were observing from a far taking notes on the behavior. This was the best approach of the method because it seemed to be the least controversial way to conduct it while at the same time having some of the group members taking notes without being seen by the person we were conducting the experiment on.
During the social experiment we tried to break the social norm of sitting to close to people we don’t know. The first person we tried this on was a guy who was sitting alone, Anna sat really close to him that they were touching and at first he felt really uncomfortable and moved away, but after Anna stayed there for a while he got comfortable and went back on his phone. The second girls we went to Ludy sat next to them and their first reaction was to start pushing Ludy and cursing at her. They treated to hurt her and got into a screaming argument. The last guy Anna sat too was uncomfortable, he asked what she was doing. I felt it went wrong really fast. Things got out of hand.
We used a scale to record the level of response the person had to our experiment. The scale we used to record the data was:
Dirty look- 1
Moving away- 4
Here is a graph showing our data and findings
Person 1(guy): 2(moving)
Person 2(girl): 5 confrontation: arguing screaming
Person 3(guy) 3 lesser confrontation: spoke lightly and moved
Person 4 (girl): 5 confrontation: arguing screaming
Person 5(guy): 4 got up and moved
Person 6(girl): 0 did nothing
These findings were very surprising to me and the rest of our group. These findings prove that when you sit too close to someone you don’t know then they will more than likely have a negative reaction towards you. We learned that New Yorkers and students from john jay value their personal space and take it highly offensive when you violate their privacy. Our data showed us that people got very upset even cursing and starting fights when they were sat too close to.
1. Stanley Milgram, (1970). The Experience of Living in Cities. . 167 .
2. William Whyte, (1980). The social life of the street
3. Michael Lou, (2004), “Excuse me may I have your seat?”. New York Times.