Placebo button

On September 3, 2009, in Art, Business, Video, by lor3nzo

Placebo button

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Placebo button

A placebo button is a push-button that appears to do something, but actually has no effect, like a placebo. They exist to give the user an illusion of control. Many walk buttons at pedestrian crossings in New York City were once functional, but now serve as placebo buttons. Many door close buttons in elevators are placebo buttons. Some office thermostats may also function similarly.

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{Photography by Jordan Meeter}

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