Effects Of Conformity On Teenagers

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Children can often be observed imitating their parents. For example, a toddler may take a newspaper and read it as their parents do (perhaps upside down or sideways). They may imitate their parent’s vocal inflections or want to take a phone to speak on it as their parents would. Or a little girl may want to put on her makeup like her mother does it. Aside from imitation, children also adapt behaviors to please their parents, and to avoid punishment. From a very young age, children begin to conform to the behaviors of those around them, and begin to learn how to be a member of their society. Conformity is most obvious during childhood, but it is a pattern of behavior that is continued by most people for the rest of their lives.
During the teenage
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They find their “group” that they hang out with, conform to the behavior of that group, and observe how others interact with them and other members of their group. This group is often characterized by certain hobbies or other preferences. For example, the people associated with the theatre department in a high school can form a clique. The members of this clique will conform to what the others in the clique are doing, and since they are involved in many shows together, this desire to conform to this clique will be great. The young thespians may begin to talk, dress, and act like the people that they perform with, affecting their overall persona. They may observe that the rest of the student population assumes the people involved with theater to be confident and quirky, so they may also begin to see themselves that …show more content…
Most millennials have sat through presentations about the dangers of drug use and sex education classes in a scholastic context. Many have even practiced saying “no” in activities and have a box of tools at their disposal to disengage themselves from dangerous behaviors. However, one must question the effects of this type of education when these behaviors are still common among teenagers. The fact is, these presentations do not address root of the problem of dangerous teenage social behavior. Teenagers will risk their health and safety in order to conform. They can spend hours watching slides about the dangers of drug abuse, but when “everybody is doing it,” the psychological need to conform and be accepted by their peer group overpowers their sense of

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