Unspoken Rules By jacob Williams, Jacob Nixon and Carson Thompson

Society is a web of unspoken rules and common courtesy that people have to navigate daily and we obey these unspoken rules without realizing. For instance, people make eye contact and put their phones away during a conversation without being told. As we go about our daily lives, rushing from one place to the next, we stay to one side of the walkway so that the other side can be used by people going the opposite way. No one told us to walk on a specific side but we do it anyway. Another thing that we do is waiting for people to get off an elevator or public transport before you get on. Unspoken rules apply to everything from waiting until everyone received their food at a restaurant before eating to covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze. The most common unspoken rule that is followed by people is holding the door open for someone. Holding the door open for someone happens so often around Clemson’s campus and most people don’t think about. People come in and out of the dining hall all day and people hold the door open without pausing their conversation with a friend. The place that people hold the door open the most is the dorm rooms. It seems almost every time I enter my building someone is either holding the door open for me or I am holding the door open for them. Society is full of these unspoken rules and college is no exception.

College is riddled with tons of grades and rules that professor have created in and around the classroom, but the students have unknowingly created a set of rules themselves. These unspoken rules can come into play in any normal day of school and you will see them all the time. From something as simple to eating your roommate’s food or sitting in the same seats every day in class. To start off everybody is doing their own thing, so typically if you don’t bother them they won’t bother you. This leads into what I think is pretty common around campus dining halls. If you see somebody sitting by themselves at lunch or dinner, it's most likely not because they don’t have any friends, but more likely that they just want to spend some time alone. From my experience thus far we as students interact with other people all the time, whether it’s in our room with our roommates or with our classmates. So when I get some alone time, and sometimes that’s during lunch or dinner, I’m happy to eat by myself.

From personal experience roommates can be an either extremely good thing or extremely bad one. The first rule I can think of when it comes to roommates is that you should never take any of their food. This isn’t your house back home where you share food. What’s mine is mine and what’s yours is yours. Of course as you become closer I’m sure you will become adjusted enough and might be willing to share food but don’t ever do so without asking. Another rule of thumb when talking about roommates is to not be the person is having 3 or 4 different alarms. I don’t want to have to wake up at 7 then 7:15 then 7:30 because you are too lazy to get up in the morning and instead hit snooze. One last rule that comes to mind retains to laundry. Having to do laundry in a dorm is typically a first for a lot of freshman and a common issue that people sometimes run into are the mysterious load of clothes that are left in dryers or washers but nobody seems to claim them. If you don’t come and get your clothes after they are done washing, somebody will move them for you. Students don’t have time to wait washing clothes because you or somebody else forgot to unload.

Almost every sport has some type of unspoken rule that teams and players are expected to abide by. A lot of these rules are simply general etiquette that is universally recognized by the sport as a whole. Several rules are essentially the same, however they tie into the same general idea. These rules all are in accordance with not running the score up on your opponent. In basketball if you have the ball in the final seconds with a large lead, you simply dribble until the clock runs out, you do not try to score more. In football if you have the ball in your possession, with a small enough amount of time left, holding the lead, and your opponent has no more timeouts, it is expected that you simply kneel the ball and do not run an actual play. Similar to running the score up, showboating is often frowned upon in certain aspects of sports, for example, in soccer if one beats the keeper they are expected to simply tap the ball into the goal instead of doing something fancy like laying on the ground and rolling the ball in with their head. Other unspoken rules are purely superstitious, for instance if a hockey player has not won the Stanley Cup, they are not even supposed to touch it for fear that since they did not earn the right to touch the cup, if they touch it they will never win it for themselves.

The giants kneeling the ball at the end of the game.

In baseball if a pitcher is currently throwing either a perfect game or a no-hitter, you do not speak of that or even speak to the pitcher for the duration of his opportunity to complete the perfect game or no-hitter. Other rules have to do with doing something that could disrupt or distract your opponent. For instance, walking across the pitcher’s mound could potentially disrupt the surface and throw the pitcher off. In golf the golfer will often take time to line up his shot, while they are doing this you are not supposed to walk in their line of sight as not to throw off their focus and method. In bowling using another player’s ball or stepping on the approach are while another bowler is rolling are other ways you can throw off a player’s current form. In most net sports like volleyball, tennis, or table tennis a player is not supposed to intentionally serve in a manner that will hit the net and barely go over to where your opponent struggles to reach it in time. Lastly some unspoken rules deal with advancement in the case of injury or accident. In cycling, if there is a crash it is expected that other participants not involved in the crash do not make any sort of advancement until after the accident is cleared out. In soccer when a player is injured whichever team has the ball is supposed to simply kick the ball out to stop play and allow that player to receive treatment. Whenever play resumes it is expected that the team that kicked it out is to be given the ball back on the ensuing drop ball. These unspoken rules have become a normal part of the sport world and are widely accepted by players, coaches, and team all across the respected sports. People have created our own rules separate from the rule books in every aspect of life, from sports to the college laundry room and these rules have been followed without thinking or being spoken.

These two people are not only on the approach area at the same time, they also are throwing at the same time which is greatly frowned upon in bowling.

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