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Social conformity - How likely are you to bend under peer pressure?

How likely are you to change your opinion about something when the mass around you have a different opinion about it? Have you ever been in a situation where you didn’t like a person when you met him individually but end up liking the same person when he was introduced to you by your friend who thinks that the person is cool to hang out with? How often have your opinion been changed about a thing after you realize that everyone around you thinks otherwise? As one expert in teen violence put it, “The stupidest creature to ever walk the face of the earth is an adolescent boy in the company of his peers”. You might have noticed that your speed limit varies according to the passenger you have on the backseat of your car. If this isn’t the case of change of behavior due to peer pressure, then I don’t know what is?To understand the effect of peer pressure and social conformity let us look at an experiment conducted by Solomon Asch in 1951 to check the extent to which the people would confor…
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