NCBI ROFL: Territorial defense in parking lots: retaliation against waiting drivers.

By ncbi rofl | March 26, 2012 7:00 pm

“Three studies showed that drivers leaving a public parking space are territorial even when such behavior is contrary to their goal of leaving. In Study 1 (observations of 200 departing cars), intruded-upon drivers took longer to leave than nonintruded-upon drivers. In Study 2, an experiment involving 240 drivers in which level of intrusion and status of intruder were manipulated, drivers took longer to leave when another car was present and when the intruder honked. Males left significantly sooner when intruded upon by a higher rather than lower status car, whereas females’ departure times did not differ as a function of the status of the car. There was evidence that distraction might explain some of this effect. In Study 3, individuals who had parked at a mall were asked about how they would react to intruders. Compared to what they believed other people would do, respondents said they would leave faster if the car were just waiting for them to leave but they would take longer to leave if the driver in the car honked at them.”

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  • mel

    I take longer to leave when they honk just because they’re being impatient assholes and I want to piss them off. I’m not being territorial.

    • Anonymous

      Absolutely agree.  I don’t get road rage or anything like that- but I am a mini-vigilante on the road at time.  If I see someone doing dangerous driving- weaving around,etc… I probably get more fun slowing them down on purpose than I probably should.  Same in the parking lot if someone is being obnoxious.

      I hate when people block traffic in the parking lot to get a spot slightly closer to the door- rather than not being a lazy arse and just parking in a spot that is open slightly further away.  If you dare honk at me… be prepared to see my super power- slowness in movement.

      As a rule, I refuse to be one of those people that stop in the middle of the parkinglot waiting for someone to back out… it’s just a rude, obnoxious thing to do (although I could understand if there are no parking spots- as is the case some places at Xmas… often times, the person just doesn’t want to walk an extra 20ft)- if someone isn’t already in the process of leaving- I go to a spot that is open- even if I have to walk further.


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