Lifts have become such an integral part of our everyday working lives, that we can tend to not give them much thought. The elevator at the shopping centre and the ones in the reception of our offices or in the museum- we can all fall guilty of taking lifts for granted. They are truly remarkable contraptions that do most of their work behind-the-scenes, meaning that all most of us ever see are the doors and the interior.

It’s through this lack of thought that we can fail to realise that our behaviour in lifts is actually quite strange, and follows a certain set of patterns depending on the situation. This is something that has undoubtedly escaped your notice, as you have become so accustomed to getting into a lift that you’ve failed to realised that people behave in particular ways when they are in an elevator together.

For example, let’s say you’re heading into the office and you’re speaking to a colleague in the reception area. This conversation then carries on down the corridor right up to the lift door. The doors open and you step inside, the doors close and…the conversation ends. It’s a strange phenomenon of human behaviour and, if you really think about it, we’re sure you’ve found yourself in a similar situation.

There are also clear behavioural patterns depending on how many people are travelling in an elevator. If there are two of you, you’ll more than likely be stood side by side, as neither of you will want to appear rude by standing in front of the other. If there are three of you, you will all reposition to stand in a triangular shape, which will evolve into a square if a fourth person enters.

It’s something you will probably have never noticed before, but is clear for all to see. You’d rarely have three people in a lift and all stand in a diagonal line.

When it comes to how we actually act when we are suitably positioned in the lift, the pattern is certainly to do whatever you can to avoid eye contact with another passenger by any means necessary. We’ll find ourselves staring at our phone, examining our hands, or feigning fascination with the layout of the elevator’s controls. The upshot of it is that, at least in the UK, we are all extremely awkward in lifts.

But why? Well, it’s clearly down to the close proximity you find yourself in with others and our desire not to encroach on someone else’s personal space. An elevator is the last place on Earth you’d want to come across as being creepy or annoying, so it seems that we are content with staring into the distance- as if unaware of the existence of any other passengers.

A large factor in our strange lift behaviour is the small sense of anxiety and the lack of control we have when we are travelling in elevators, according to experts. Even though we all know that lifts are a perfectly safe method of transportation, it seems that an overriding sense of nervousness causes us to get through the ride in silence.

At Elevators Ltd, we hope to eradicate some of that anxiety and that’s why we provide top quality lift maintenance on a variety of passenger and platform lifts. If you’d like any further information on the services that we provide, then please don’t hesitate to contact our dedicated team.