About the standing location in the Lift…

Older men tend to stand at the back of elevators, as US Secretary of State John Kerry (back, right) proves. (Credit: AFP)
Older men tend to stand at the back of elevators, as US Secretary of State John Kerry (back, right) proves. (Credit: AFP)

Main point:

Researchers have found that the standing site and your behavior in the lift shows your status in a minute social circle that is developed in a little time, for a little time in the lift.

Study Further:

Rebekah Rousi, who is a Ph.D. student in cognitive science, did 30 lifts rides in the two buildings and concluded the findings.

The basic findings of the research are:

  • More senior men move towards the back of the elevator cabin
  • Younger men take the middle spot
  • Women of all ages and status stand near the door

“Men watched the monitors, looked in the side mirrors (in one building) to see themselves, and in the door mirrors (of the other building) to also watch others. Women would watch the monitors and avoid eye contact with other users (unless in conversation) and the mirrors”, Rousi wrote in a blog for Ethnography Matters.

Rousi created the following image for the standing place.

 

Standing position image (Credit: Rebekah Rousi)
Standing position image (Credit: Rebekah Rousi)

She concluded that more shy people stand toward the front, where they can’t see other passengers while bolder people take the back position, where they can see others.

Source:

Ethnography Matters

Usman Zafar Paracha

Usman Zafar Paracha is Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutics, in Hajvery University, Lahore, Pakistan.