How to Act in an Elevator: Tips From a Specialist

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Aug 31, 2016
Elevator Fight

Chances are you've been in your fair share of elevators. But did you know there's actually etiquette protocols for proper elevator behavior? Turns out the five to ten seconds you're waiting to get to your floor is a minefield of potential faux pas, but luckily there's a psychologist who has spent a great deal of time thinking about proper elevator behavior who's written some helpful hints, according to Weird Universe. While his thoughts on this matter are voluminous, he managed to distill his helpful advice into a very short guide on what to do when you're stuck in a box in close proximity with others: 

1. Face forward.

I can imagine that facing backward will probably make the other riders very nervous. 

2. Fold hands in front.

If you're the type who likes to wave their arms around while telling a story, perhaps wait until you're off the elevator to get to the good part so you don't accidentally smack anyone in the face. 

3. Do not make eye contact.

In this respect, elevators seem to have a lot in common with the NYC subway. 

4. Watch the numbers.

An excellent way to avoid eye contact. In this day and age, it is probably also acceptable to watch the screen showing all the latest news headlines. 

5. Don’t talk to anyone you don’t know. 
"Sorry, can't talk, I'm watching the numbers so I don't make eye contact with anyone." 

6. Stop talking with anyone you do know when anyone enters the elevator. 
You don't want to end up on this guy's blog

7. Avoid brushing bodies. 

Sometimes if it's crowded this can't be avoided but, yeah, it definitely seems like something to be avoided. It would probably be very uncomfortable to have someone brushing against you when you're the only other person there. 

These rules might seem pretty common sense, but as anyone who has shared public spaces know, sometimes that sense isn't all that common. 

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