There are many arguments that people list trying to convince people to wear a mask. But I’ve discovered that there might be a rather simple method to get somebody to wear a mask. So far it’s being reported as the best means of confronting the coronavirus.
I’ve gone walking in the same park daily for the past two weeks. Usually I keep my mask in my hand, and smack it on when somebody walking towards me is about 100 yards away. I’m very big on wearing a mask.
This past week, I did something radically different, I actually wore the mask the entire team. I walked the whole time and did not take it on and off depending on seeing people. I used to do a quick pull up when people reached my line of site but this week I just wore it regardless of who is around.
I noticed an amazing and simple correlation. For the two weeks prior I counted and about 20% of people will wear their masks when they see you put it on. ￼
However for the past week, the number of people who put it on seeing me wear it consistently without the magical pull up is about 80%.
How many people were in the study? Between 20 and 30 people in a walk.
What was the big changing variable? Simply wearing the mask consistently without the “oooops somebody is coming, I better wear a mask technique”
So if your goal is to get people to wear a mask, the simplest answer seems to be to wear a mask yourself. The subliminal influence seems to be about five times as effective.