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Reflections on a mirror experiment

"Mirror mirror on the wall who's the fairest of them all?" Or, in modern language: Where's the closest mirror? I need to see if my hair is OK!

You probably care about how you look when you approach the world.

Who hasn't stopped to fix his or her hair or to adjust clothes and pose in the bathroom mirror.

What would you do if you saw a random mirror in the hallway in school? Would you resist looking at it and walk away, or would you stop and check yourself out?

We decided to test this question by leaving a large mirror outside our classroom.

We conducted this experiment between a few class periods. In a very short time, 50 kids stared into the mirror. We even noticed that some kids who walked by came back a minute later to look at themselves again.

We knew that a lot of the older kids (mainly girls) loved the mirror.

Some girls said, "This mirror makes me look skinny," or "I look really awesome in this mirror." Others quietly frowned and looked away while more smiled and skipped away pleased.

The mirror was probably invented to help people get dressed and to see what they looked like so they could fix themselves up. The next time you look in the mirror, think about what you see of yourself.


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