Great question. Mindless sheep just follow the herd. Thinking is hard work ... guess that is why so few people engage in the activity.
Read some of my hubs. I tackle this question with extreme vigor and detail. Conformity has been bred into eastern and western cultures in order to easily manipulate and mass control critical thinking and actions. Edward Bernays Propaganda and many social science experiments such as the Asch conformity experiments in the 50's had a major impact on the science. It is more apparent in today's world with Globalization and rapid expansion of technology. Mindless Hollywoodism, sports fanaticism, religion and bipartisan politics all reinforce the zombi-like group dynamics that Bernay's described was essential for controlling any democracy.
There has to be some conformity or you do not have a society. Of course, mindlessly following rules is not the same thing.
People generally don't like to be seen standing out of the crowds that is why they go along. To be seen as standing out is something a lot of people don't like to do because of conventions.
would conform due to a number of factors be it either by majority/minority influence, obedience or informative/normative influence
People conform because they're afraid to take a different route, to make their own way, and stand out from the others. Others conform because they feel they need to in order to keep their jobs. It's all about choices and what the situation seems to call for. Myself, I have never been too good at conforming; so, you might say I've taken the road less traveled most of my life. One interviewer told me I had a very unusual resume because I have done so many different things and had such a long list of different skills. I told her it comes from loving many different things and living awhile! LOL
I always recommend folks try to be their own person and only conform when the situation necessitates it.
To fit in with society. To please the status quo. To not be an outcast. Outcasts are rebels. People fear what that don't understand. It is more convenient and comfortable to 'conform' to mainstream society. Beliefs and upbringing will also influence your personal way of life.
It is simply easier, 'to go along, to get along', than it is to ' buck the system'.
It is our human nature to take the path of least resistance.
We ALL do it to some degree.
The only difference is in where we choose to draw the line and rebel. The wisest among us ( not that I am one, ) choose the 'fight' that benefits the most of humanity.
I was having a hard time trying to translate my thoughts into words. Without conformity, there is no society. Simple. Thanks!
What about people who conform because it's the easier pathway? Are they considered mindless conformers also?
Every new idea starts out as an outcast. It's called thinking outside the box, yet people prefer to stay inside the box because it's comfortable and because they are afraid of challenges.
People like comfort, but comfort is the opposite of adventure and cleverness.
by Akriti Mattu 3 years ago
What are the advantages/disadvantages of being different from the society around ?Not everybody wants to conform to what exists around.
by kallini2010 7 years ago
To conform or not to conform?What do you prefer, to conform or not to conform? Would you rather be yourself and follow your path or be like everybody else? Why?
by EpicNoob 8 years ago
I figured I'd ask this question in response to the increasing popularity of video games in today's society. I guess the most prevalent software that is globally known is the Wii - a console which has wangled its way into appealing to the older demographic and a much larger female audience. Perhaps...
by Eric Dierker 4 years ago
We are seeing some standardization of HP. It looks to being doing quite well. Even wild crazy eyed rebels like me can standardize our publications to do better. But that is nearly exactly like our pre-school children. They need to be set up to go to school.It seems to me that both HP and...
by Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago
How important is it to conform to the rules?Conformity may work for the good of community and society but not necessarily for the individual. Example: the HP EC contorversy. What say you about the pros and cons of conformity?
by Richard Gabriel Gonzalez 3 years ago
So what's the meaning of life and why as a society do we conform?I've been a student of life for 27 years and well for one goal and one goal only...why we do the things we do?
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