Pushing Buttons

Issa Rae says, “I hate when people press the elevator or crosswalk button right after me. You think you press buttons better than I do?” The flip side is the annoyance when someone has not punched the button and you show restraint, assuming they have. Or they do not move their car forward enough to trigger the stoplight. Some people think pressing the button over and over will affect how quickly the light will change. If that were true, you could make a case for multiple people pressing the button. Some people probably press buttons out of compulsion or obsession like popping bubbles in the bubble wrap. The best example I have of button pushing assumptions involves a busy Seattle intersection with multiple lanes going both ways. Before a Mariners game, a policeman is on duty to make sure pedestrians and traffic keep moving efficiently and safely. I was at the back of a crowd quickly growing to about 100 people swarming the corner to cross westbound. The noise of the traffic and the buzzing of the crowd made it difficult to hear the police officer. He was apparently trying to coordinate with the automated system and was yelling, “Somebody press the button!” Only the people close to the button could do it and they were engaged in conversations. Eventually enough frustrated pedestrians got someone’s attention to push the button. That was a perfect example of a mob either assuming the policeman was over-riding the system or assuming that someone else surely must have already hit the button. So if in doubt, I say just press the button even if Issa Ray is going to make fun of you.


22 thoughts on “Pushing Buttons

  1. About triggering the traffic light…how about putting the *&$#ing phone down and closing the fifteen foot gap on the car in front of you so that those so inclined can get in the turn lane to trip the switch? Also, if the button is lit, wait. It’s a universal truth that except maybe in a Seattle pedestrian walk buttons are merely a ruse to make one think they have any control over traffic lights.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Ok here’s a similar conundrum. The other day I arrived early to my class. The classroom door was locked, so I waited in the hall. When other students from the class arrived, they assumed the door was locked and lined up behind me. But one student walked past us all, jiggled the locked door handle several times, then sheepishly shuffled back to the end of the line. I had to stifle a giggle. Although, it would have been pretty embarrassing for me if he’d checked the door and it was actually unlocked!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Great example! And I did seen it at a Bank when the first person created a queue because none of us tried the door until someone came up and said, “Wow, I can’t believe they haven’t opened the door yet as she jiggled it open.”

      Liked by 2 people

  3. Yes, and these people will press the button multiple time as if they don’t even trust their own finger. Will the 2nd, 3rd, 4th press better than the 1st one? I don’t know. Or probably people just want to feel the empowerment–I can press the button and I am doing it right now multiple times.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s