“Nothing attracts a crowd like a crowd.” – Soul Asylum, “Black Gold”
Have you ever found yourself in the middle of a standing ovation for something you weren’t even paying attention to?
Maybe you were at your little brother’s high school graduation. Maybe the skinny, awkward 17-year old valedictorian was 27 minutes into a rambling speech about taking over the world. You don’t know. You zoned out 22 minutes ago.
Then, within a matter of seconds, you find yourself standing and clapping. You don’t know why, because you weren’t even paying attention. But everyone else is doing it. And you definitely don’t want to be the only clown sitting down while everyone else is cheering some mind-blowing speech.
Well, you are now a victim of social proof.