According to experts, awkwardness when riding an elevator with strangers is largely related to one’s personal space. As the results of a study conducted by the University of Wroclaw in Poland showed, people from England felt uncomfortable when a stranger stood within one meter of them. And in many elevators, this is hardly avoidable.
Another cause of discomfort is the absence of a social scenario. So in this case, we don’t know what to expect from a stranger and how to behave. Fortunately, scientific papers suggest that short conversations in elevators may not be as awkward as we think.
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