Altruism has been debated as both selfishly and selflessly motivated. Though there are many possible illustrations of altruism in daily activities, a simple model to measure altruism is observing door-holding behaviors. This study observes the door-holding behavior patterns of undergraduate college students, assessing the sex differences and the possibility of an altruistic theme within the observed population. A general sex difference was found illustrating that males hold the door more often than females. Implications of the results are discussed.
Roundy, Landen M.; Griffith, Meagan E.; Jensen, Sarah E.; and Allen, Joseph A., "Altruism in the Context of door-courtesy Behaviors among College Students" (2005). Psychology Faculty Publications. 82.