You’ve been patiently waiting for quite some time at a bus stop for your bus. The bus is late. So when it does finally show up, there is another one right behind it. Both are the same number, therefore they follow the same route and are going to the same place and are presumably driving at roughly the same speed.
The first bus looks a little something like this:
Whereas the second bus RIGHT BEHIND it, looks something like this:
Which bus do you get on?
In my experience, time and time again, the majority of people tend to veer towards the first bus, no matter how full it is or how close behind the second bus is. But why? Why do people migrate towards the first bus? Why do people pass up a practically empty bus in favour of a bus that appears to have nary a free seat?
This happened to me today, two number 7’s showed up – first pretty full the second practically empty – one literally right behind the other, and almost everyone (aside from me and another girl) got on the first bus. I don’t get it, why wouldn’t people want a seat or at least some breathing room!?!
Please note, I enjoyed my seat and the empty seat beside it.