If you use any social networking websites, its likely that you have seen social experiment videos being shared by your friends proposing questions such as; ‘What would you do?’, aggressively on your home feeds. The question is – Do such videos really effect of our behaviour, our perspective and decision making? Read on and judge for yourself (And be sure to follow Diplomantiq to receive the free, monthly e-magazine).
The following social experiments illustrate the various ways we, the general public, tend to behave when faced with certain situations that test our character; and whether or not we decide to face these situations, and how we deal with them when we do.
This may not be true for most of us, if at all – but it is useful if only to see ourselves from the perspective of the people in these videos, to think about the context of each experiment and the questions they raise.
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It is also important to remember that such social experiments are not necessarily about creating a ‘change’ in society, but more so about elevating our personal standards and awareness as individuals towards our own behaviour and towards those around us – if, or when, this is acted upon collectively, we should be able to realise a positive change in the world.
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6. ‘F*ck the poor’ – A highly provocative experiment conducted in the streets of London:
5. True friends test – Surreal circumstances putting friendships to test:
4. ‘Do the right thing’ – The classic ‘dropped wallet’ test by Casey Neistat:
3. Coca Cola’s ‘Small world Machine’ – Global Corporation uses emotive language to ‘build communication bridges’ and improve social relations between India and Pakistan, while selling more drinks in the process. Powerful and effective, but morally questionable:
2. ‘Would you help a freezing child?’ – Well… would you?:
1. ‘Ask an Iraqi’ – A rather intense experiment conducted during the peak of the illegal American invasion and occupation of Iraq. Just take a look at the fascinating results:
Now, which one was your favourite experiment – Vote below:
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