This Social Experiment Proves Why You Should Never Make Assumptions About A Stranger

"I personally don't like how people make assumptions about people, especially around appearance."

Have you ever made assumptions about someone only to later learn how completely wrong your judgements were? 

The team behind feel-good YouTube channel SoulPancake invited total strangers to come to their studio and had them sit facing away from one another. Each pair of strangers had no idea what the other person looked like. As they sat back to back, they asked each other questions and shared some personal details about their lives. 

"It's certainly easier to make assumptions about people than it is to spend time getting to know someone. We wanted to put assumptions to the test to see what we're missing out on because we're so busy assuming we already 'know' a person," the SoulPancake team wrote in the video's description. "We are all conditioned with certain biases. In this experiment, we challenged these biases by asking people to make assumptions about their partner's appearance without ever actually seeing their partner." 

After sharing information about the type of people they tend to date, the jobs they hold, and the hobbies they love, each person tried to guess what their partner looked like. But when they finally turned around, they found out just how wrong they were. 

"I personally don't like how people make assumptions about people, especially around appearance," one woman said after turning around.  

"I get judged by my appearance a lot," her partner replied. 

"I do too." 

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One YouTube user pointed out in the comments section that the participants were inclined to make assumptions based on their "gut instinct" instead of coming to the most logical or common conclusion. For instance, one woman guessed that her partner, who had four grown up children, was only in her mid-30s. 

"We were wondering about this as well! Our thought was, perhaps they made other assumptions about their partner that overruled some of the facts they were being given," the SoulPancake team replied. "Have you ever made assumptions about a person's age or intelligence because of the race or gender you assumed they were? Sometimes it's hard for people to let go of the initial judgements they've made, despite new facts they learn about a person." 

We may not be able to do much to change the way other people perceive us, but we can make an effort to refrain from making assumptions about others without truly getting to know them first. 


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