The Elevator Syndrome

A man neatly dressed, walks into the elevator. Once making sure that his floor has been chosen, he searches for something in his pocket, takes out a cell phone and starts fiddling with it.
A woman carrying her laptop walks into the elevator. She choses her floor and then takes out her blackberry and starts read old emails.
A housekeeping guy walks in, takes out his cell phone and start fiddling with it.
I am not sure how many of you might have noticed this, but this is called the elevator syndrome. We all suffer from this. Even when we know that there are no new messages, calls or emails(thats why cell phones have vibrator/ring alerts, if you did not hear it ‘there are no new messages’), we tend to check it again and again.
Not when you waiting for the lift, but soon after you enter one, you have this sudden surge to know if any new messages have come. If not check the old ones and re-read the emails.
If its a non blackberry then go ahead and check the call register, inbox for those ghostly messages which you know for sure that, its just isn’t there.
Do you suffer from this?

A man neatly dressed, walks into the elevator. Once making sure that his floor has been chosen, he searches for something in his pocket, takes out a cell phone and starts fiddling with it.

A woman carrying her laptop walks into the elevator. She chooses her floor and then takes out her blackberry and starts reading old emails. (I admit I peeked)

A housekeeping guy walks in, takes out his cell phone and start fiddling with it.

I am not sure how many of you might have noticed this, but this is called the elevator syndrome. We all suffer from this. Even when we know that there are no new messages, calls or emails(thats why cell phones have vibrator/ring alerts, if you did not hear it means ‘there are no new messages’), we tend to check it again and again.

Not when you waiting for the lift, but soon after you enter one, you have this sudden urge to know if any new messages have come. If not check the old ones and re-read the emails.

If its not a blackberry then people go ahead and check the call register, inbox for those ghostly messages which is not there.

Do you suffer from this?

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27 comments

  1. Ha ha! Yes I guess I am a victim of this as well.. Its not really intentional! Its just a reflex 🙂

    1. 🙂 Everyone does it I guess !

  2. Rajneesh Kiran · · Reply

    Malayalathil “Vishaya Daaridryam ” ennu parayunna avastha ninneyum baadhicho? – sorry for typing in malayalam 😀

    1. Not interesting huh phenomenon huh? 🙂

  3. i guess its not necessarily limited to elevators… or cellphones…i guess…we do it it …

    1)when people are in a public place and don’t have anything to do…or coz we think being idle may be considered weird…

    2) they’re around people they can’t have a conversation with…the silence is uncomfortable/awkward…

    2)sitting idle at the workplace and fiddling with the computer for no reason…

    3)when we don’t know how to behave in a setting..

    4) we’re playing our part or acting out what we think we should be doing….when we;re leaving workplace we;re expected to be still committed to work…when we’re outside work…we have to be i touch with someone or need to appear to be although we don’t want to…

    5) or we need to dwell on earlier conversations/msgs to survive the wait till the next one from a friend/loved one…or

    6) we’re alone despite being surrounded by so many people in different contexts

    7) we constantly wish we were elsewhere..instead of were we are…and make up for it by revisiting old msgs or connecting with someone outside ur setting….

    or…there is just no explanation…its something to be left for the X-files 🙂

    1. you said it all !
      🙂

  4. It’s a confined space with nothing to look at so we don’t know what to do. I settle for looking at the changing floor numbers of the display.

    1. Same here along with the occasional peeking 🙂

  5. J has said it all. I was going to say just that. I think its actually an excuse to avoid any small talk in the elevator or to avoid looking at someone and having to give a smile. We have all become hostile!

    1. We as a country don’t like smiling at strangers nor wishing anyone ‘good morning’ etc.

      But we would be more interested in other’s personal life more than anything else 😀

      When I tell other voluntarily that I am married,the next question is “Love or arranged” 😀

  6. No, I stare are people, but try not to appear so! 🙂 If they are checking their phones, I am happy because I can then stare at them in peace!! 🙂

    1. I stare at their phones !! 🙂

  7. Well, may be a defense mechanism for mildly claustrophobic individuals… a destractor. Or may be because of certain kind of social phobia just to avoid the attention of other people, but it does the opposite job :O

    Or one other reason could be “show-off”, especially if the mobile is a blackberry or the iphone.

    But it is an interesting observation Xylene. I may check this out as well. will let you know my results. k? 🙂

    1. We all have this social phobia I guess 🙂
      We are not partincularly comfortable with strangers

  8. reading the title i thought it was about “claustrophobia” hee..he… 🙂

  9. I always take the stairs! No elevator syndrome for me 😉

    1. GOOD exercise it is !

  10. Good one.. yep, have noticed it one too many times.. am sure i’ve done it too here and there!!

    Think its more to do with NOTHING TO DO, so lemme chk if anyone called or texted..:D

    Nice blog, came via Aparna’s!!

    1. thanks for visiting. 🙂

  11. good find 😀

    I dont use elevators on a regular basis .. 😀 so I am saved

    1. :)good for you. taking the stairs is good exercise !

    1. so what do you do, when you are in a lift? 😉

  12. This reminded me of an observation a professor made in college. When a guy or a girl sits alone in a restaurant full of couples, they automatically turn to mobiles/book. He said this was an instinctive reaction to turn to something less intimidating kinda escapist

    1. true. its an interesting opinion.

  13. I use it when I am walking and someone whom I dont want to talk is approaching me…
    I fiddle with the cellphone and do not look up…& hence avoid that person…Yay

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