"Hey man, you got the time?..."
A harmless enough question. Most of us wouldn't hesitate to look down at our phones or watches and respond. After all, it's the polite thing to do, right?
You may not know it, but most predators are quite switched on to human behaviour. They rely on you to react a certain way...to 'follow the rules' so-to-speak.
They love rule-followers because they can predict their actions. If they can predict their actions, it makes it all the easier to plan an attack strategy.
Much can (and has been) written about the many ways predators act and how they can be countered. The specific aim of this article is to explore how they take advantage of our societies' codes of conduct to achieve their goals.
Most people in civil society tend to have a problem being perceived as behaving improperly around others. This is mostly a good thing, as a society without rules is likely not one many of us would prefer to live in.
Unfortunately, this also makes a large portion of people predictable in specific circumstances; and by 'predictable' I mean 'exploitable'.