People tend to follow the norms of society or the group.The reactions typically vary based on what norm you break and how strong of a norm it is. Following the norm of giving personal space provides both for us.In the case of invading people’s personal space, I did not receive and intense reactions. Social norms are really important to our society’s functioning.[tags: Sociology, Symbolic interactionism] - Social deviance is a violation of social norms. In many countries around the world, girls are married as young as 11 years old.To Americans, that is considered child abuse and rape, but that is only because of our social norms....On occasion though, breaking subtle norms that we may not think about often can prove to have interesting results. - Social norm is the understanding people can influence our behavior in day to day basis.[tags: criminal deviants, marriage, rape, abuse] - For a young women, the idea of motherhood means taking on the ultimate responsibility of caring for a defenseless child in spite of the youth and inexperience.To complicate matters, include the social norms of the 19th century that young women should not have children out of wedlock and a lack of personal independence since most young women do not have livable income and a space to call her own.The reactions of people when you break a social norm can vary quite drastically. ...people shift away from someone too close they give a disapproving look.Sometimes the reactions are quite large and other times they are rather subtle. We seek out behaviors that will provide us with reinforcement and approval.