KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It turns out we are all being lied to, by elevators.
A story in the New York Times reveals, the “door close” buttons in elevators don’t do anything, and they haven’t been doing anything for decades.
According to the report, the Americans with Disabilities Act, which went into effect in 1990, requires the doors to stay open for a certain amount of time so anyone who uses crutches, a cane or wheelchair can get on board.
Only repair people and emergency personnel have keys or codes to get the buttons to work, the report says.
Experts say people will still push those buttons because it makes them feel empowered and in control when the doors close by coincidence.
“Perceived control is very important,” Ellen J. Langer, a psychology professor at Harvard University, told the NYTimes. “It diminishes stress and promotes well-being.”
Good news according to the report, the door-open buttons do work when you press them.
Click here to read more from the study about other placebo buttons.