Mob psychology refers to the tendency for an individual, when part of a large group, to adopt the group’s behavior, even if that behavior goes against the individual’s normal beliefs or morals. You’ve seen news footage where sports enthusiasts rejoice about a huge win, fan out into the streets to celebrate, and then someone decides to break store windows. Suddenly, law-abiding citizens join the law-breakers to create mass destruction.
The word “mob” reminds me of movies that depict unsavory characters engaging in criminal activity but, add the word “flash” and you have a totally different type of entertainment. I enjoy watching videos of good flash mobs, and fortunately, the Internet is full of their antics. Their public pranks brighten a ho- hum day, and the bystanders’ responses are priceless, especially when they join in and have as much fun as the mob. You may find yourself singing along to this video:
Some flash mobs work for weeks or months to synchronize their dance steps. If you’re part of a flash mob, you do what the group does. In daily life, copying a crowd’s behavior can be fun or it can be illegal. In general, are you usually making ripples (and waves) or going with the flow? Why?