New Quiz: The Elevator Test

row of elevator buttons

What does your elevator button pressing style say about you?

Do you spend a lot of time in elevators? Thankfully, I do not! I am not a fan of elevators at all, and I try to take the stairs whenever possible. I like the extra exercise, and there’s less risk of being stuck. I live in an area without many tall buildings, so the stairs is almost always an option. However, when I’m in NYC or Boston, I take more elevators than I’d like… and I get to witness a lot of “elevator psychology.”

I have always been fascinated by how people act while waiting for and while in an elevator. Who pushes the up or down button when it’s already lit? Who likes to ask people which floor and push the button for them? Who is friendly and who stares straight ahead? An elevator is an interesting little microcosm in which I can observe strangers and how they act around people they’ll probably never see again!

There is some research to back up the link between elevator behavior and personality! I see a few quizzes coming on πŸ™‚ My first elevator quiz is a quickie based on this research from Hunch. Who knew how you push an elevator button could say so much about you? (I recommend checking out the research after you take the quiz so that you don’t spoil your result!)

Does how you push an elevator button link up with your personality? Take my latest quiz,Β The Elevator Test, to find out. I did a bit of extrapolation and modernizing of the original research, and I’m curious to see if your result fits you.

Discussion topics (Comment below and let me know any or all of these):

  1. What do you get onΒ The Elevator Test
  2. Do you like elevators? Or like me, do you prefer the stairs?
  3. Have you ever had something scary, weird, or funny happen in an elevator? What was it?
  4. Being in an elevator is a minor phobia for me. So, takeΒ How Phobic Are You?Β What do you think of your result?

What do you think?

16 thoughts on “New Quiz: The Elevator Test

  1. yojichan (@yojichan)

    1. You are Relaxed. I don’t see the point of pressing the buttons madly or repeatedly because I think it will confuse the electronics and cause hassle for me and others. It does not help.

    2. I like elevators. They make reaching floors convenient and faster. But I normally prefer the escalator in public places or the stairs.

    3. I made out in elevators. It was fun. It’s only awkward when the door opens. haha!

    4. 40% phobic. still normal.

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    1. kari Post author

      I love your logical reasoning about button pushing… any chance you’re a fellow programmer or engineer? πŸ™‚ And yay for making out in elevators!

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  2. Heather Moritz

    1. You Are Relaxed. Pretty true..making a big fuss out of things is pointless and annoying. I like being early too
    2. They’re alright, though they can be awkward πŸ˜›
    3. There was this elevator in France at a hotel that was pretty awesome..you had to close the door yourself for it to work and it was kinda fancy. Well the people I was with and I squeezed ourselves in and the door barely shut! It was amusing haha
    4. You Are 36% Phobic. Not too bad πŸ˜›

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    1. kari Post author

      I love being early. I always have! I feel like it gives me time to adjust and relax before everyone else gets there πŸ™‚

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    1. kari Post author

      Blogthings users aren’t a very phobic group, at least not compared to me. I’d guess low neuroticism too!

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  3. syndyela

    1. RELAXED. I push the button once…but with one long push. Maybe I got that habit when was working in a corporate building wherein one has to act prim and proper even when inside the elevator.

    2. Sometimes, it’s better to take the stairs than to take the elevator…especially if the elevator moves tooooo slow. There was a time when I was in a big hurry and I thought the elevator of our office building was slow (why is it that whenever we’re in a hurry, the elevator seems to run slower than usual!), I took the stairs– from 1st floor to 7TH floor!

    3. There was a popular ghost story in the 4th floor of our office building. There are times that the elevator suddenly stops at 4th floor without anyone pushing the 4th floor button!

    4.I am 32% phobic, according to the blogthings test. Not really phobic…but I do have a lot of imagination at times, which makes me afraid of some things, like darkness, or dogs. πŸ˜€

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    1. kari Post author

      Oh yes, you definitely wouldn’t want anyone in a corporate environment knowing about any elevator neurosis! Love your “ghost floor” story πŸ™‚

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  4. Melissa Russell

    1. RELAXED (1 button push) “You’re not just patient, you are on ‘island time’ no matter what you happen to be doing. You refuse to be in a rush or anyone or anything. It’s not worth the stress. You’ll get there when you get there. Despite your seemingly lackadaisical attitude about rushing, you often get to places early. You leave with enough time. You take everything that happens in stride. As far as you’re concerned, very little is worth getting worked up about. If you were a TV channel, you would be Discovery…If you were a store, you’d be Banana Republic.” The part about making sure that I have time and arriving early is right. I don’t like to be late. I strive to arrive at the perfect time. It’s an art. I would like to be more relaxed because I do stay wound up. Although, it’s mostly internal, it does slip out if things get too messed up and other people (my husband) don’t seem to care enough.
    2. Elevator or stairs, I don’t care. I’ll take whatever is quickest. If that means busy elevator and short stairs, I’ll take the stairs. I’m not too afraid of getting stuck in an elevator. I think I’m more afraid of who I might get stuck in with.
    3. When my husband and I were visiting friends in Chicago we were going up Hancock tower and went up an elevator where the offices were, mistakenly. When the door opened onto a hallway of offices, my husband being the joker that he is, yelled out “Pizza! Who ordered Pizza?”
    4. 28% phobic. Might have been more if the right things had been listed.

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    1. kari Post author

      ” I think I’m more afraid of who I might get stuck in with.” – haha, yes, exactly! I have an acquaintance who recently live Tweeted being stuck in an elevator. Not a bad way to pass the time and ignore other passengers πŸ™‚

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  5. Vani B.

    1. You Are Relaxed

    You’re not just patient, you are on ‘island time’ no matter what you happen to be doing.
    You refuse to be in a rush or anyone or anything. It’s not worth the stress. You’ll get there when you get there.

    Despite your seemingly lackadaisical attitude about rushing, you often get to places early. You leave with enough time.
    You take everything that happens in stride. As far as you’re concerned, very little is worth getting worked up about.

    If you were a TV channel, you would be Discovery, BBC, or PBS. If you were a cheese, you’d be mozzarella.
    If you were a store, you’d be Brooks Brothers or Banana Republic. If you were a wine, you’d be Shiraz.

    That could be accurate for who I am now.

    2. It’s funny, I have nightmares about elevators a lot, yet it never really stops me from taking them. I guess my laziness overrides my fears sometimes. I try to take the stairs more often, though.

    3. Not that I recall. I do like to crack jokes when I’m in a two-story building and ask the other person, “So… which floor?” (Yeah, I know… lame.) But I do notice in buildings with more than thirteen floors, at least in some parts of Florida, there is no button marked “13” (superstition).

    4. You Are 20% Phobic

    Wow, you’re scared of very little. And you’re always conquering new fears that come up.
    Have you considered a career as a stunt double? You should at least go on one of those crazy reality shows where you eat bugs!

    Ha ha! That’s pretty funny. Whatever I do fear, though, I fear intensely. Lizards, for instance, give me the willies like you wouldn’t believe. I saw one crawling on my windshield when I was making my way home from the library and I almost crashed into the fire hydrant on the curb. I was that terrified. I ended up going through a car wash shortly after (I didn’t want to crush or fling it with my windshield wipers)… I’ve been afraid of lizards since I was a little girl, and I grew up in South Florida where there are A LOT of geckos, iguanas and skinks! Other reptiles, on the other hand, are okay.

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    1. kari Post author

      Haha! I can imagine that having a lizard phobia would not be great in Florida. Luckily, we only get very small cute ones in Texas. They aren’t too bad. One of my big Southern phobias is flying bugs!

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