Placebo Button [The button of control]

Have you walked in a street probably in the U.S and you found a little button on the sidewalk when at the crossroad? Usually, it’s attached to a red light or just an electricity pole. Have you ever try to press it? I did press it, wherever I walked in Asia or in other continents, whenever there is this button, I always pressed this little button. Often I also, timer it on my phone. Well, If you pressed those buttons just I like did couple years ago, then you are one of the victims of Placebo button. 

It turns out that those buttons are fake or not working. A study by ABC in 2010 state that all pedestrian buttons across America are fake except in Austin, Gainsville, and Syracuse. Even in the world, many of these buttons are fake. The function of that button is to give us a sense of control and a sense of power, even though you haven’t. But when you press, and immediately, the light reacts, we are really happy. Because we feel powerful enough to change the light color on the street. This picture was taken at Christmas in Cardiff, Wales. Let’s take a look =

There is something different about this crossing button, now there is a light on the button. The light illuminated after you press the button. This will give us that sense of control, so we feel secure and we felt in control. This is surely a new and a smart way for the government to make placebo effect seems real with illuminating light.

You probably don’t notice it, but there are many public facilities that use the same tactic. Elevator close buttons are one of them. Manufacture stop engineer close button to works since the 1990s. Since then, every time you try to press the close button, it gives you the same closing time as you don’t press it. There are tons another example in our life that turns out to be placebo.

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