Bus Psychology

Andrew Sullivan —  Aug 7 2012 @ 9:14am

by Zoë Pollock

We'll do almost anything to keep the seat next to us empty. But once the driver announces the bus is full, the game changes:

Riders just wanted to avoid the “crazy” person and sit next to a “normal” person. [Sociologist Esther Kim] found that race, class and gender weren’t key concerns when commuters realized someone had to sit next them. They were primarily concerned with maintaining their own safety.