What is the correct social protocol? 1. You are walking down a street. A stranger asks you for directions. The directions to where they want to go are the exact same route you are currently planning to take. What is the correct protocol after giving the correct directions? Do you give them a head start, then walk behind them, possibly making them paranoid you are following them? Do you say you are walking that way, and then walk ahead of them? Do you cross the road to the other side and plough on? Do you find another route to your destination to avoid the social tension of this decision? 2. You enter a public toilet. There is 5 urinals. Urinal 1, 3 and 5 are occupied. Do you select urinal 2 or 4? Or do you wait until one of the other urinals is free to avoid the social tension of deciding who to pee next to? 3. You see an ex while walking in town, who happens to be going in the same direction as you. Do you take a different route? Do you give them a head start? Or do you instigate a signal of acknowledgement should they see you while you walk in the same direction? 4. You see an old lady about to get off the bus. She looks independent and confident, but she has a walking stick. Do you offer a hand? Do you look awkwardly away in case she gets offended at you assuming she can't get off the bus on her own? - These are situations I run into daily, and often don't really think about it and act upon instinct. However, I do wonder if there is a "correct" social protocol for situations like these. It would be good to start a thread where others chip in with other correct social protocols for various situations we find ourselves in.