Awesome! I love how you took an everyday moment that caused you to ask “What’s happening?” and created a social experiment to try and explain it. We definitely need to do more of that as designers :)
Your point on how the UI affects a user’s interpretation is key. We are very much visual creatures, and the visual cues we get in a UI has an impact on a user’s perception and the emotions/associations they illicit (consciously or subconsciously). Simple changes in the UI can cause a huge change in a user’s attitude towards something or someone.
Thanks for sharing, Chantal!