Doing this experiment was quite the experience! My norm that was to be broken was making several phone calls in different environments, and watching the reaction of the public. The first assignment was to make a call in a quite place where a cell phone conversation is not expected, in doing so breaking a norm. I chose the 3rd underground floor in the undergraduate library. Choosing this area was probably not the best idea due to the fact that I am always studying there and will probably get dirty looks for a while, but regardless, the experiment gathered results. I went with a group of my friends and we chose a round table in the middle of the library. The third level is strictly no talking, and the second level of the library is where people go for group projects, if they want to talk. My friends did not know I was doing this experiment, and had several exams they were studying for. I answered a phone call and loudly started talking about 20 minutes after we got to the library. The instant I picked up the entire library turned to me. When I kept on talking, people were giving me dirty looks, and not happy with my choice to continue the conversation. Finally, after about one minute, my friend told me, “Alexia, I am trying to study, seriously go outside.”
The second location was to be in a place where face-to-face conversation are OK, but you suspect cell phone conversations may not be. I chose a sushi restaurant on Green street. I went with one other friend, and basically was very rude to my friend. I answered my phone, which was really not socially acceptable. This restaurant is very quite and small, and it is easy to hear each other’s conversations. I answered my phone call, which was from my mother about going home, and continued to get dirty looks from the customers eating there. I talked on the phone waiting for a response from my friend. She finally told me after about a five minute conversation that people were looking at me and she felt uncomfortable.
The last place was a place where you suspect cell phone conversation is OK but you don't see anyone using cell phones. I chose to make my phone call in my sorority house cafeteria, where it turns into study hours at night. I never really know if it is ok to talk in the room, because people are studying, but it is still a semi social environment. I made the phone call, and didn’t seem to really get any response for a while because my friends were trying to be understanding about my call. The only response that I really seemed to get was I saw my friend put her earphone to her ipod and continue studying.