Humans are Sheep–Stand with the Flock?

Hidden camera social experiment (posted by Anonymous)

Hidden camera social experiment (posted by Anonymous)

A small social experiment–would you stand at a buzzer just because everybody else does?

In “free” societies, it’s often used as an insult to call people “sheep.”  We like to say, “Do your own thing,” and “Be yourself,” and “Don’t do that just because your friends do.”

But Homo sapiens are a social species. Most of us do go along with the crowd, even if we don’t know why. Even the most independent of us doesn’t desire to be ostracized from our own society.

So would you stand up?

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10 thoughts on “Humans are Sheep–Stand with the Flock?

  1. I’ll admit I probably would stand. It doesn’t violate any of my principles, and in the back of my mind I’d think, “There must be some reason for everybody doing this, so….”

  2. For this I would probably stand. But for something important I would have to think about it before I’d join the crowd.

  3. I would stand. It’s not like it would violate my beliefs or something.

    It’s part of learning social skills and normative behavior. I had a boy in first grade my first year of teaching. He would not stand in line. Not for recess or lunch or even the restroom. The other kids learned that in kindergarten except for one girl who always wanted to hold my hand. But she learned the second day. We learned the boy was special needs and he was moved to a different classroom. He’s still having trouble socializing.

    But standing up for the wrong reason is different. Think can what I’m doing harm someone? If it harms none, do as you will.

  4. I would probably stand. It’s not really much of an issue.

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