Why do people break rules?

@vikas121 (297)
August 11, 2011 12:54am CST
When looking around we find people breaking rules. We also do that ourself. Driving two wheeler without helmet, driving four-wheeler without seat-belt, smoking at no smoking zone and many more rules according to various countries. What are the reasons that people commit such things? Is it cause of weak punishment policies? Is our society also make someone to break rules? Do you think society highlights a habitual rule-breaker? What are your necessities when you break law?
19 responses
@arlerambabu (1080)
• India
11 Aug 11
For an animal in the wilderness, There won’t be a fear of punishment if it commits an offense. And it’s not accountable to any one for its crimes. If someone is breaking rules, there must be a jungle like rule existing in those areas.[b][/b]
@Judy890 (1130)
• United States
12 Aug 11
people break rules for many reasons. It can be because there unreasonable or they just want to be cool and show they have some type of power, they want to do there own thing.
@kingparker (9700)
• United States
13 Sep 11
I would like to follow rules, but sometimes, we just tend to forget what are those rules? We might even to fit our comfort, we tend to breaking more rules. That is what we tend to do in our lives. After warning, or punishment, we might remember there is such rules exist and watching over our shoulder.
@dodo19 (14621)
• Montreal, Quebec
13 Aug 11
I think that there are a lot of reasons why people may break rules. Some may think that the rules don't apply to them. Others may break rules, because they enjoy breaking rules. Just to name two, although I'm sure that there are so many more reasons. I think that there are probably just as many causes for people breaking rules and laws and such. There are just so many factors that come into play.
@katie0 (5212)
• Japan
12 Aug 11
When teenagers maybe they want attention, to test their courage or are just angry with life now being adult is be willing to do something so much but that's forbitten but the wanting is so strong or the need that they do it anyway. Not all breaking the rules are bad also.
• Philippines
12 Aug 11
If there had been no rules, then there would be no people breaking it, right? Come to think of it rules were made for people to follow, if there would be no rules, what would people follow? So people break rules in order to satisfy their personal desires/needs. sometimes people would not follow because maybe they did not understand and maybe because they just would not like to understand.
12 Aug 11
As you have put it correctly, our society is responsible for this. If any body makes illegal money he is considered as intelligent by our society. The society respects a wealthy man and the society does take into consideration in what manner the money was earned. The other reason is that there is no suitable punishment for the wrong doers. My neighbor had damaged the pipe line supplying water to my residence, and he says that he has not done it. How to get remedy. you have go to police and a case has to be registered and you have visit the police station many times and you have to attend court and you will not find time. What you will do? you will simply set right the damage by paying from your packet. The offender/criminal is free. The system of punishment should be amended and the affected person should not be put into trouble again and again. Once the case is reported by the affected person then the whole process of enforcement of law and punishing the offender should be taken care of by the law enforcement authorities.
• United States
11 Aug 11
I will start out with a positive view on humanity; people break rules because they are ignorant of them. From a lot of experience I can tell you most people do not read signs. So if the law is posted on a sign the person breaking it probably never read the sign and doesn't know that smoking is not allowed in that spot. Also, rules vary from locale to locale, so some may be hard to keep up with. For example, some states in the US require motorcyclists to wear helmets and others do not. If you are taking a cross country motorcycle trip you may not know or realize when you crossed state lines and the laws changed. Laws about smoking are even more challenging for travelers because they vary not only from state to state, but also from city to city. A more pessimistic view may be that people just don't care. The only laws that I break knowingly are speeding while driving (who doesn't?) and occasional jaywalking (crossing at spots other than marked intersections). In my defense my jaywalking is pretty much limited to the quiet city street I live on.
@smotanMC (68)
• Bulgaria
11 Aug 11
Because if you follow the rules you will be the ordinary citizen which is rather boring. Do you think that presidents and CEOs of big companies follow rules - no , they don't care abouth them , that's why they are rich . Cheers
@Maferneto (693)
• Petropolis, Brazil
11 Aug 11
Breaking rules can be considered a cultural matter or, maybe, a psychological matter, or both. Taking a look in mankind development, we figure out that many countries have the habit to respect others more than themselves, and that is why things go right. For an example, take a look at Japan. People there respect others so much that they receive the respect back at them. When that happens, a peaceful environment is created and everyone is sorrounded by it, making no sense breaking rules. Other countries just don't get the point and stick with the "me first" in all ways; this kind of thinking is a selfish one, because if you only think about yourself, you won't be able to see where the respect begins and than could not respect others. So, for me, this is all a matter os respect and, surely, at some point, a matter of habit and soul, that everyone brings in themselves.
11 Aug 11
Hi vikas:) I think sometimes we tend to look for a challenge and breaking the rules is consider one of that because usually if we escape on breaking the rules we feel a bit proud, well I'm not sure about others but that's what I felt when I did something like that, but not often though.
• United States
11 Aug 11
I think that there are many reasons why people break rules and laws, and there is not one set answer or reason ... many times I suspect that it is a question of circumstance. Some people might break rules out of habit. For instance, in the US you do not have to wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle in some states but in others you do. If the person is from a state without a helmet law, then he or she might easily forget to put on the helmet when riding through a state that does have this law. Some people do it by accident. For instance, I have actually been driving and staying with traffic only to realize that I was speeding. Obviously the vehicles around me we speeding as well, but since I was maintaining my position in traffic I didn't realize how fast I was going until I glanced at the speedometer. Some people do it out of what they feel is necessity. For instance, a person might stop in an area that they are not supposed to be in, which would be trespassing, if their child is sick and going to throw up. Then there are the ones that just break laws for the "rush" they get and to see whether or not they get away with it. There are probably even more reasons that I haven't thought of or mentioned here as well.
• India
11 Aug 11
dear if you will ask psychologist they will tell you that its human tendency its their basic instinct which compel them to do what is prohibited...hehe
@ebuscat (5951)
• Philippines
11 Aug 11
For me yes but we are in the country who gave freedom so they don't blame if you are follow rules or not but most of all we need to follow yes but more important is Jehovah God don't force you to follow him but they gave you the rules its' up to you if you follow.
• India
11 Aug 11
most peoples break rules because rules are made to be broken by someone,kidding they do because they don't suit them as well as for fun, i also sometimes break traffic rules for fun..!
@iamsummer (192)
11 Aug 11
Yes,of course.NO anybody can abide by the rules.The essential problem why the rules can't be performance well it is because there has not a rigorous director to punish the breaker.There are a complex reason why they break the rule.maybe they think whether they abide by the rules or no has nothing different to them.But no matter which nation both need rule and law to implement their country's order,so facing the stubborn breaker,punish is neccessary.
@kharlav (1674)
• Philippines
11 Aug 11
I think the reason why people break rules is that in nature we just dont like organization and we like to do what we want and were we want it to happen. We dont like anyone to boss us around. And i think some people see breaking rules as cool or something, maybe for teenages.
• Philippines
11 Aug 11
There are people who break rules which they don't believe in. I'm particular with rules and abide to most of the rules set before us. It's disgusting somehow to see that the lawmakers themselves are the law breakers. How can you respect rules set by the management when they themselves don't follow them. Are we saying then that they are the people who break rules because they think that they are above the law? Another situation why people break rules is to accommodate request of colleagues at work which is for the good of the office. These are people who are flexible for as long as the result is for the good of everyone. In every rule, there is always an exemption they say. But when it comes to street laws, I make it a point to be a good citizen. I follow. ;)
@mensab (4211)
• Philippines
11 Aug 11
rules are created to put order in our society. rules also help in making the future predictable so that we can plan and set sights of the future. now, why we break rules? some rules are soft in implementation. for example, the jaywalking ordinance and no parking signs are being violated everyday by many people. it is not about the habit of people breaking rules, it is a question of enforcement.
• Philippines
11 Aug 11
I think its a mix of people trying to explore the forbidden things and a weak implementation of the rules. Humans have always that instinct to explore new things/ideas. They get curious of what is on the other side. As a result, they tend to break rules. And that is the reason why rules should be implemented well. As for me, I can break rules but only if it is the right (yea, some rules are just not right) thing and it benefits the majority of people.