August 3rd, 2012
Many of us use public transportation, such as trains and buses, daily to get to work or other activities. Typical travel etiquette is to sit by yourself until all empty rows are taken, at which point it is acceptable to ask someone to move their bag so you can be seated.
This “bag in seat” move is something that Esther Kim, a Yale doctoral student, decided to study. Over a period of two years, she traveled around the country, taking note of travelers’ behavior. She found three main reasons why travelers tend to be so antisocial, calling it “nonsocial transient behavior.”
A Time magazine article outlines more Kim’s findings and why we interact this way. Find it here and read more.