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Who has the nicer lawn?

The “Three ancestral traits that drive proenvironmental behavior” reading was interesting & immediately made me think of the competition for the nicer lawn that my father & my neighbor seem to have. When one mows his lawn, the other often does that same day or the following day. Sometimes it seems like they mow their lawns a few times a week. This is demonstrating the “social recognition” & “social influence” principles discussed in the reading. The “social recognition” principle is demonstrated as they both want to out do each other & have a better looking lawn than each other. The “social influence” principle is demonstrated because they are emulating each other’s behavior.




Scott, this is a great example of how a simple action can have social influence. The lawn ‘schedule’ at our house certainly floats around the time when our neighbor mows his lawn as well! Other times, my husband is the one leading the pack if he get’s a chance to before the neighbor does to spruce up the lawn. The act is very closely associated with a sense of pride and maintenance of one’s property.

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