â€œSo, these door close buttons â€” do they actually do anything?â€
â€œNo, they donâ€™t work unless you have the key and youâ€™re running the elevator manually, like in an emergency. The doors are timed . Push the button all you want, it wonâ€™t speed things up.â€
It was the Americans With Disabilities Act that disabled the door close button, in an effort to make sure those with crutches or wheelchairs could load safely.
But people like to push that button â€” and since the door closes soon anyway, it creates the illusion that they made it happen.
In a world where we have so little control over so many things, believing that you can make the elevator door close qualifies as a minor victory.
There, now you know the secret. What will you do with this information?
Itâ€™s best to just look on quietly when you see people push the door close button. It’s a harmless thing — and an elevator is not the best place to come off as a know-it-all.