Sunday, October 03, 2004

Button pushers!?!

Does anyone ever push the crosswalk button only once? Does it make a difference if you hit it ten times instead?

Why do people push it after they have seen you pushing it? Do they think that it will stay green for a longer time when it comes on?

Why do people stand in a elevator lobby and keep pushing the button once the light has come on? Do they think the elevator is ignoring them?

Why do people in an elevator push their floor button regardless of whether or not it's been pushed already? Do they push it again and again in the hope that they will reach faster?

Answers appreciated.


11 comments:

Drew said...

can't say I have an answer, but I do share your views. Push the button once or a hundred times, it doesn't matter

Tammy said...

I am the person who pushes the elevator button more than once...but that's only where I work. Anywhere else I just wait for it. I really think that elevator ignores me sometimes. :-)

Anonymous said...

This sums it up:
http://www.themorningnews.org/archives/how_to/the_nonexpert_lift.php

SilverBubble said...

I think its a combination of two facts: people are obsessive-compulsive and impatient. What a mix.

Tammy said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog. Gawd, I love those Jeepneys...I wonder if I could find anyone to build one and we could have this organization where we travel around in a Jeepney...

manababies said...

I only push those buttons once, but then I stand there and wonder if I should do it again. Usually by the time I decide to do it, someone else has come along and is doing it for me. Then I sort of breathe a sigh of relief in case someone is watching me and wondering if I was a button pusher. I actually am but noone knows.

What drives me nuts is when my husband's computer is on 'stand-by' and he seems to think that pressing the mouse button a million times in quick succession will make it wake up faster than normal. It does nothing but wear out the batteries in the mouse (since it's one of those optical ones). He knows it but does it anyway. So he's a button pusher to the extreme.

Rich Rosenthal II said...

Instant Gratification. We want to press the button and for the sign to immediately go to walk.

shakester said...

It is sheer impatience. There is complete awareness as I sometimes push the elevator button again and again that I am being pointless, but the finger seems to have a life of its own at times.
But button pushers at an elevator harm no one and are merely being idiosyncratic. It is like, but nowhere as irritating, as impatience at traffic lights. At a red light my blood boils when the cars behind me start honking the *moment* it turns green. There are a couple of cars ahead of me, too and it is a little obvious we are all waiting to move ahead, pal. Do you think I *like* waiting at red lights? Sheesh, that really infuriates me no end.

miyna said...

I dunno, I love to push buttons. It's fun. But I can see how it's annoying. In situations like you've described, I never push buttons more than twice, and only when I've been waiting for what seems like a really long time. But I spend a very long time at home on my computer just so I can click the mouse, and I love to keep the remote in my hand, because I like to click the buttons. We have DirecTV, and I always check to see what's on with the on-screen guide, even though I just did 5 minutes ago, just so I can push the buttons. Buttons and lights rule the world!

Or I could just be nuts. ^_^

eebahgum! said...

An excellent observation! I'm a 'double-clicker' on buttons. Obviously hitting it multiple times (or often just one time) makes not a diff of bitterance, but a doublehit satisfies me that I've hit it properly, whereas if I just do it once it may not have actually made contact!

So if you get two copies of this comment, that would be why!

sneha said...

even i do tht. i think its bcoz sum of us like to think we r in ctrl. whether it b true or nt. makes u feel uv caused the elevator to arrive. n mayb its also sumthin to do while ur waitin. ...a way in which u curse the button for delayin u whn ur already l8.