Choosing which gym locker to use : case study

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    Apr 23, 2010 3:44 AM GMT
    Not really a study but I noticed this at my gym and wonder if anyone else has.

    In the locker room there are 3 quadrants of lockers, the 4th having some chairs, tv, and newspapers etc.

    Regardless of what time of day I go, morning, noon or night I always look for a locker that isn't close to or at least right beside others that are being used.. Not that difficult a chore because there are always lots and lots of unused ones.

    Not long after joining I began to notice that 9 out of 10 times I came back to the locker room to get changed that someone had utilized the locker right beside mine when there were still dozens and dozen of empty ones all over on both sides, round the corner etc etc.. And of course it seemed like "that person" would always be there at the locker when I got there.. SO WHAT DID I DO..

    I went out and bought a fluorsescent green combo lock to replace my ordinary silvery colored one figuring any idiot will see that there and park themselves a little further down.. Was I wrong or what. I think it's worse. It's like a sign saying... use the locker right beside this one,, hurry.
    I'm not kidding...
    And just to make sure it wasn't just a primo location I've used lockers in all 3 quadrants,,and various ends of each and in the middle etc. Always the same.. I come back and somebodies used the locker right beside mine.

    It really puzzles me so I did ask a couple of guys why they chose the locker beside mine when all the others around were empty and they sort of shook there heads and couldn't come up with an answer.
    And no I don't think it has anything to do with "they're gay and it's an attempt to park themselves right beside you when you're getting changed" I'd have figured that out.
  • Thebiguy

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    Apr 23, 2010 3:45 AM GMT
    maybe a sense of security knowing that there are other lockers around theirs? haha idk.
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    Apr 23, 2010 3:54 AM GMT

    Why so territorial? Perhaps you should wear your gym clothes to the gym so you won't need a locker. at the end of your day was it that important to buy colored lock to keep other members who pay monthly dues just like you frm sharing space next to you.
  • Webster666

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    Apr 23, 2010 5:39 AM GMT
    You could buy a whole bunch of locks and tie up a whole swath of lockers.
    Dr. Freud says that you are afraid of letting people get too close to you, emotionally, as well as physically.
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    Apr 23, 2010 5:43 AM GMT
    Hillie said
    Why so territorial? Perhaps you should wear your gym clothes to the gym so you won't need a locker. at the end of your day was it that important to buy colored lock to keep other members who pay monthly dues just like you frm sharing space next to you.


    You're assuming. No I'm not territorial I only look for one that's a bit aways from others so there's some space to get changed without waiting for someone to get out of the way etc etc...
    I at first thought,, well they didn't see my lock so that's why I bought one that sticks out so much and is so bright you cannot miss it just to see what happened and like I said. it actually got worse. Do you have any thoughts as to why? I just find it interesting is all, it isn't a huge issue with me
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    Apr 23, 2010 5:58 AM GMT
    Webster666 saidYou could buy a whole bunch of locks and tie up a whole swath of lockers.
    Dr. Freud says that you are afraid of letting people get too close to you, emotionally, as well as physically.



    Geesh I guess I didn't write my OP very well.. . I'm quite comfortable changing and being naked and walking around naked in a locker room. All the christ I'm asking is has anyone ever noticed this phenomena before.. because it happens all the time and I've done things on purpose to see if it's just coincidence or what?

    Put it another way.
    You go to a supermarket parking lot which is near empty.. you park way at the farthest end away from store. You come back to your car with your groceries and somebody has parked right up beside your car yet the lot otherwise empty.
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    Apr 23, 2010 2:49 PM GMT
    Use your old silvery lock and lock the locker next to the one you are using.
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    Apr 23, 2010 2:54 PM GMT
    Caslon14000 saidUse your old silvery lock and lock the locker next to the one you are using.


    Lol, I can just see him locking a dozen lockers to the left and right of him so he can use the one in the middle by himself icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 23, 2010 2:58 PM GMT
    For some it might be an issue of security. At my gym there are 4 pockets w/ about 50+ lockers ea. Ive seen a few doors off it's hinges so I always go where there are more lockers used just to be sure there is more traffic and a thief is less likely to have an opportunity to do his handy wrk.
  • DanOmatic

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    Apr 23, 2010 3:01 PM GMT
    I can identify with the OP. The locker room of the pool where I swim is very cramped and has extremely narrow lockers and stupidly small benches to sit on or put stuff on, since the floor is always wet (total design fail, in my opinion). It's exasperating to try to change there when someone else is trying to wedge their stuff into the tiny locker right next to mine, even though there's a motherlode of unused lockers just steps away from mine.

    Once I was getting dressed and someone came in, walked past all of the available lockers and started to put his stuff in the one RIGHT NEXT to mine, and I just blurted out: "Look, there are two dozen empty lockers around here, do you mind using one of them instead of this one?" He looked a bit perplexed at first and then it was like it dawned on him that there were other available lockers. I think it's just general cluelessness and lack of consideration. There's an abundance of it out there.
  • Midas426

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    Apr 23, 2010 3:06 PM GMT
    For me when I go to the gym, I generally try to pick a locker where there's nobody nearby changing. I usually favor near the exits since it's a bit more high traffic and I hope it reduces the odds of my locker getting busted. But if there's a couple guys changing in the area I prefer, I just find another empty area (though there may be a lock or two already in that area from guys who changed earlier...*LOL*).
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    Apr 23, 2010 3:14 PM GMT
    maybe it is a sense of security. If they use a locker next to one that already has a lock on it, maybe it will be less likely to be broken into. I usually use one that is close to where others are for this reason. When I lived in Michigan, I had my locker broken into a couple of times when I used one that was not near others that were being used. I ended up by building my own gym in the basement of my home because of this. Now that I live in Arizona and in a small condo, I do not have that option.
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    Apr 23, 2010 3:20 PM GMT
    Maybe because we're social beings, and simple acts like these are hard-wired into our brains?
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    Apr 23, 2010 3:21 PM GMT
    I would chose a locker just over from Tappy´s so I could see him undress and let him reciprocate if he chose.

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    Apr 23, 2010 3:32 PM GMT
    I just call it Locker Room physics generally. At my gym there are 3 alcoves of lockers for daily use. I think line of site and ease of reach has alot to do with it. The 2 alcoves most easily accessed are used more often than the 1 alcove off to the side.

    I agree with NC3athlete about poorly designed locker rooms though, most locker rooms are poorly laid out without any regard for traffic patterns and accessibility.
  • kew1

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    Apr 23, 2010 6:10 PM GMT
    When they come in people are probably changing in the other quadrants so they pick the empty quadrant. Because everyone spends a different amount of time at the gym, you end up returning at the same time.
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    Apr 23, 2010 6:43 PM GMT
    I'm a creature of habit....

    I use the same one everyday, if it's not available there's always been a free one next too it or 1 away

    doesn't seem like that big a deal........
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    Apr 23, 2010 6:53 PM GMT
    I get you. It's not that you mind sharing the space, it's that the lockers are tiny and you have to end up trading in and out with the guy next to you. If he were a locker away, you could change at the same time without it being a problem.

    Your OP was fine. Though you are insane in new and exciting ways, that poster was right.
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    Apr 23, 2010 7:22 PM GMT
    Dude, u have way too much time on your hands! LOL
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    Apr 23, 2010 7:35 PM GMT
    When I used to go to gyms and had to choose a locker, I would wait 'till I saw a really hot guy at his locker, and choose the locker closest to his. It never got me laid, but the daily eye candy was welcome.
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    Apr 23, 2010 7:36 PM GMT
    Ah, a fellow observer of human futility.
    I personally cannot comment, the gym I use is on campus and close to the dorms so most do not use the locker room; good thing because there are not that many lockers. I actually use the same one every day and if the one next to mine is being used I would not know it because most the time they don’t use locks.
    I have noticed this generation is more self conscious; in that, if by chance they do end up near me they will move to some place they can dress in private, going as far as dressing in the toilet stalls.
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    Apr 23, 2010 8:06 PM GMT
    Beneful1....it's the 'herd' mentality. Also seen on the freeway where everyone drives in a cluster while nothing prevents them from spreading out.
  • JayDT

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    Apr 23, 2010 8:17 PM GMT
    I wonder if it's a gay vs straight mentality thing. I always want to be on the end next to empty lockers where I can have room to change and get out asap and get kinda irked when someone (always Armenian thanks to the part of LA I live in) takes the empty locker next to mine. Pain in the ass (and not in a good way).

    But maybe why I chose this locker because it might be easy for me to changed and get out of that hairy back festival asap is because I am gay and have a fight or flight reaction to Armenians. Mean while, they being straight and Armenian, have a different approach; chosing a locker next to an occupied one for potential bonding or striking up a conversation in which they use the words "bro" and "buddy" to death (which should sound fun and homo-erotic but trust me it's not at my gym).
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    Apr 23, 2010 8:33 PM GMT
    The herd instinct indeed. And the narrower the bench, the smaller the locker, the greater the inevitability that someone will wedge in next to you.
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    Apr 24, 2010 4:32 AM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite said Beneful1....it's the 'herd' mentality. Also seen on the freeway where everyone drives in a cluster while nothing prevents them from spreading out.


    Yes I think there's probably something of that going on in regards to it.