In recent posts, I’ve shared a lot about personality
and identity. I’ve also mentioned that often the way
that people act is based on their surroundings. In
Atmosphere, I’m discussing multiple factors in
a setting that can affect behavior.
The setting is an important factor of what your experience will be.
When most people think of setting, they think about it visually.
The decorations, plants, furniture. In my opinion, the visual aspect of
a place mostly displays how pleasant it seems. The olfactory and
auditory gives a more profound description of a place. A cafe and a fast
food restaurant can essentially be decorated similarly. But the smell of
grease and french fries cannot compare to the cafe’s baked bread and
coffee even if that cafe served burgers as well. In addition, the 2000s
pop/rock playing in your local grocery store–frequently being
interrupted by code phrases calling for employees to cash registers
or busy aisles– or the hip indie/alternative music playing in a discount
Of course it also depends what you contribute that determines how your
experience will turn out, but that’s another story.
It’s undeniable that spending time at the beach, in the cafe, and at a bowling alley
are three entirely different experiences. First off, the majority of the people that
you will meet and watch are going to do be different. In addition, these people
will not only behave differently because that’s who they are, but they are going
to behave differently because that’s where they are. Each place has a set of
customs applied to it. You are not going to see men in swimming trunks and
women in bikinis standing in line of a cafe. You will not see men in suits with
briefcases lounging on towels and beach chairs. You will not see people half-
dressed or smartly dressed rolling a ball down a lane. Probably.