Canadian Social Norms: How different are they in your country?
Are they acceptable or unacceptable?
- Holding the door for people.
- Letting someone with only one or two items go ahead of you when you have a whole basketful (at the supermarket).
- Holding the elevator for people.
- Not yelling across public places to get someone’s attention.
- Giving up your seat or taxi for the elderly, disabled, pregnant women, or mothers.
- Saying “Bless you” when someone sneezes.
- Not answering your phone when you’re out on a date.
- Not talking/texting in a movie theater.
- Changing and washing your bed sheets every week.
- Brushing your teeth three times a day.
- Not burping in public.
- Not picking your nose in public.
- Washing your hands after using the toilet.
- Leaving tips.
- Not talking with your mouth full of food.
- Not passing gas in public.
- Walking on the right side (your right) of a crowded hallway, sidewalk, stairs, etc.
- Waiting for everyone to exit the subway/bus before getting on.
- Not spanking your kids.
- Taking off your shoes in the house/other people’s houses.
- Accepting a gift when you have nothing to give in return.
- Opening gifts on the spot.
- Thanking people for gifts even if you don’t like them.
- Saying sorry for almost everything.
What are some social norms in your country?