Essay on Why Do We Socially Conform to Situations

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Why do people sometimes feel that they need to socially conform to what is going on around them, even if they do not want to?
The presence of others seems to set expectations to behave in certain ways in certain situations, even if they do not want to. Social conformity is a “type of social influence involving a change in belief or behavior in order to fit in with a group. This change is in response to real (involving the physical presence of others) or imagined (involving the pressure of social norms / expectations) group pressure” (McLeod, S. (2007). People will tend to agree openly but privately be thinking and knowing it is wrong. People feel they need to socially conform to have a sense of belonging or connectedness, fit in,
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School is one institution that has a huge influence on our youth. They spend so much of their lives in school that it also contributes to their values, beliefs, and knowledge. As we grow up, we are taught that it is desirable to be rich and successful, as opposed to settled and comfortable. If you dress or look different, you are considered a deviant, and probably bullied or picked on by others. Another example is media, which stems directly from the economy, has an intense influence on individuals. People of all ages might watch a music video, see what their favorite musician is wearing, or the “right” body types, and imitate their style. People tend to conform to trends as opposed to being themselves or unique. Video review. Describe why the individuals in the Asch experiment usually gave the same answer when they probably knew that it was wrong?
The “Solomon Asch’s Conformity Experiment Today” states that people today are more aware of social influence. Social groups influence an individual thoughts, actions, and feelings. The experiment questions and tests if they are less subject to conformity. The subject, in the beginning of the video, defies the norm by providing his, the correct answer, vs. giving into the pressure to conform. As the testing continues, he starts to become uncomfortable, not understanding why they are giving the answers they are he hesitates and starts questioning

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