The Closed Button In Lifts Are Fake

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The Closed Button In Lifts Are Fake

We all seen it before, the impatient person for which the lift doors do not close fast enough. They quickly push that close door button to speed up the process.

Ironically, this feature has been obsolete since the 1990s, suggesting the button is a complete fake – when pushed, lift doors will not close faster.

Experts have revealed that a large number of lifts the ‘close door’ button are fake but are present to make us feel in control.

Why would manufactures fit lifts with fake close buttons?  Two reasons, really.

1. Karen W. Penafiel, executive director of National Elevator Industry Inc., a trade group, said the close-door feature faded into obsolescence a few years after the enactment of the Americans With Disabilities Act in 1990.

She told told Christopher Mele with The New York Times in an interview. The legislation required that lift doors remain open long enough for anyone who uses crutches, a cane or wheelchair to get on board.
2. Although these buttons are useless for the average person, the buttons can be operated by firefighters and maintenance workers who have the proper keys or codes.
 Given that the lifespan of an lift is around 25 years, it’s safe to assume that the majority of lifts today the ‘close button’ is fake.
As shocking as it may seem to place fake ‘close buttons’ in lifts, there are there for a very good reason. There’s one consolation, the door-open buttons do work when you press them.

Although these buttons do not work, they do serve a function for our mental health. Many psychologist agree that this perception of control is very important to keep the stress down.

Elevators aren’t the only devices with ‘fake’ buttons – pedestrian lights in New York City are also on the list since the emergence of computer-controlled traffic lights. New York City is not alone in this,  this is a growing trend around the modern world.

In the greater good, this little white lie is harmless. It still feels good when you press the button and the door closes, not because of your action, but because it’s time for it to close. It still feels rewarding.


H/T Dailymail
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