Social norms

How social norms deepen the digital gender divide

As a parent, would you want your daughter to fall behind your son? Does its potential remain untapped? Most likely not. Yet this is the case for many adolescent girls in Bangladesh, whose parents – often unwittingly and with respect for traditional gender norms – handicap their potentials by preventing …

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What might social norms look like in the future

TORONTO – While no one knows for sure what a post-pandemic world will look like, one expert expects society to return to its social norms almost immediately when the day comes. Steve Joordens, professor of psychology at the University of Toronto Scarborough, told CTV News Channel that although Canada is …

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How have new social norms emerged as COVID-19 has spread?

As COVID-19 spread across the world, it became clear that different countries were responding to the virus differently. Penn’s Cristina Bicchieri, who studies social norms and their evolution, wanted to understand how a national response had affected individual behaviors. “We decided to do a study in nine different countries, including …

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