What is conformity ? Conformity is a action in accord with prevailing social standards ,attitudes ,practices,etc. Conformity can affect many things including groups, people society and can even have an impact on a jury.Are you a conformist? Or are you a anti-conformist.How bad is this affecting our society?
In my opinion many people in society are conformists.These people feel pressured into staying with the social norms and not wanting to cause too much attention towards themselves.Conformity crushes individuality and creativity and makes our society boring with little to no variety among our people.However giving into acts of conformity can cause danger and cause people to change their behaviours.This gets them into bad situations and can cause harm to themselves.Watch this experiment video and see for yourself…
As you saw , the participants who were placed alone in a room responded how one usually would if they saw smoke in a room.However the participants who were placed with the group of actors waited to see what the groups response was and what the group norm was.Even though these people knew that they should evacuate the room,they waited for any response so that they did not have to act alone ..Although if this experiment were a real life situation these participants would have died or been injured giving into this conformity.If people continue to depend on these norms society can also be hurt by conformity if we no longer had any creativity and individuality
On the other hand conformity does also have positive outcomes.For one conformity is a great way to easily learn how one is expected to act in society and in public.Also conformity is useful to help maintain our social norms and help society run effectively and smoothly.As Well with conformity people tend to start changing their own personal beliefs , this leads to less controversy over religion and culture.
Here is a list of pros and cons of conformity…
|pros of conformity||cons of conformity|
|good for learning appropriate behaviours||people change their opinions|
|helps maintain social norms||lack of individuality|
|easier for people with low self-esteem||no variety|
|helps society function smoothly||boring society|
|less conflict about religion||can cause dangerous situations|
|lack of creativity/uniqueness|
|no individual beliefs|
|no growth if everything is the same|
|could cause serious consequences|
As you can see there are far more disadvantages of conformity than advantages.If we do not keep our individuality there will be no way for us to grow as a society.