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25. Silence in a crowded elevator

Ever stepped into an elevator by yourself?
Some people have a fear of these small boxes that move up and down in a narrow tube in some hidden corner of a building. The way I describe it, it sounds like I’m one of those people.. but no. I’m actually fearful of the awkward moments involved when other people are in the elevator.

Yes, people can fart, a stomach might growl, but what do you do when there is no noise in there at all?

When people think of awkward moments, the thought of an awkward silence comes to mind. You know, when you’re out eating with your friends and then nobody has anything to say.. yeah, I feel awkward already.

Anyway, suppose you work in a very busy building. You’re used to hearing the sound of copy machines, of shuffling papers, telephones ringing, and the secretary complaining about her love life. You get into the elevator with a group of people and then look at the elevators door closing. With it, the outside noise begins to disappear and then suddenly. . . silence.

After hearing all of this background noise, its a bit strange to walk into an elevator with a group of 4 or more people and then hear absolutely nothing. If you pay close attention, however, you won’t be the only one feeling strange. When people feel awkward they typically look down at their shoes, clear their throats, or try very hard not to move a single muscle. I usually freeze. I used to take out my cell phone, but the people inside are so close to each other that I would catch the person next to me looking down at my screen watching me doing absolutely nothing but looking at the icons on my phone. I just freeze and wait for the relief “ding!”. It gets me through it.

I guess it could be worse. . .

Ever been in a packed elevator with really really tall people?

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  1. Elevators are SO awkward. I am that person who tries to make a convo out of it and always fails. It’s always that moment when you are in there by yourself going to one of the middle floors and then someone else walks in and presses a button higher than yours…. “Wow, and I thought I was gonna be on here a while! HA!” ….. (silence). Nothing? Not even a sympathy laugh? That elevator just got way more quite…

    June 8, 2011
  2. I hate that.. but then again I never do anything about it.

    June 21, 2011
  3. I thought I would do a video about how everyone just stops talking in an elevator…I would love to know what you think?

    January 19, 2013
    • It sounds like a great idea! Even conversations end as soon as those elevators doors close.. haha, so awkward.

      Thank you Diane 🙂

      January 19, 2013
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