High school is practically a breeding ground for peer pressure and social conformity. The teen years are a period when people try to “find who they are”. Trying to find yourself in high school can be very difficult, if not close to impossible, because you are constantly around other people your age. You are constantly watching to see what they are doing that makes them popular. Teens are always thinking, what makes them so popular? I want what they have.
Clothing is a big part of social conformity. When asked if they would buy or wear certain items of clothing just because they saw other people in school doing it, 64.3% of those surveyed said maybe, 21.4% said no, and 14.3% said yes.
When asked if people do certain things just to follow the crowd, Brande Kubiak, sophomore, said, “Yes, those fluffy cardigans girls seem to wear are everywhere. I hate to admit it but I bought one too.”
Kelsey McCroskey added to the subject by saying, “Absolutely, people change their behavior to fit the expectations of the crowd. High school is the perfect example. Peer pressure and the desire to ‘fit in’ makes students alter their behavior or make choices that they wouldn't necessarily do on their own. Fashion trends, drug use, behavior at sports events-- all of that is social conformity.”
Lastly, Chloe Lueckenhoff, sophomore, added, “I think some people do but not everyone. One person could wear something and all of a sudden everyone is wearing that.”
When asked “What is one thing you can think of that you do, or you purchased, just because other people are wearing it or doing it?” Destiney Quick, freshman, said, “Maybe a pair of jeans or a jacket, but I usually don't like getting the same clothing item as other people because I feel like a copycat.”
Mikayla Maloney, senior, stated, “I definitely bought scrunchies because everyone was wearing them. I love them so much.”
Kelsey McCroskey added, “My friends are all starting to buy homes and decorate them these days, and I find myself wanting to do the same. I want the decor they have, the kitchen appliances they have-- it's all really dumb, but right now I stick out because I don't own a home. It's human nature to want to fit in.”
Out of 15 responses, when asked if students consider themselves part of a crowd, 6 people said maybe, 8 people said no, and only 1 person said yes.
It is clear to see that people follow the crowd. Whether they want to admit it or not, we all feel the sting of peer pressure. It doesn’t matter what age you are, it is human nature to follow the “pack”.