Individualism, while indeed centered on the individual, is more accurately described as the changing and shifting relationship between the individual and society. The pursuit of self-gratification and preservation forms only a minute part of this concept. Promotion of personal liberties and control in the various aspects of an individual’s life and situation has been a major part of American history since its very dawn.
According to Hofstede’s Model, individualism is referred to a loosely-knit social framework. This means that individuals tend to care only for themselves and their own families, rather than the whole society. The term “collectivism”, on the other hand, can be defined as a preference for a tightly-knit framework, this kind of society represents individuals that are expected to think and take care of other members of the group and the society as a whole. The difference between these two divisions can be determined in terms of people’s self-image. People in collectivistic countries tend to live in terms of “we”, while people in individualistic countries prefer “I” position in their lives.
In order to establish an efficient heterogeneous community, each individual must possess the right to have a personal sense of identity. A community in which individuals each hold a different identity promotes individualism. In such communities, citizens have the opportunity to express their differentiating qualities and excel in areas different than one another. Promoting individual identity is vital in order to establish a diverse community. Essentially, diversity is a crucial aspect of every community because it ensures longevity and promotes strength and growth.
In today 's society, the balance between individualism and conformity to society 's expectations is a prominent and deceptive conflict. Oftentimes, the individual must put his uniqness aside and settle for a view of an occupation, hobby, or idea that society agrees with. Instead of expressing original and creative ideas, they are held hostage by comparing themselves with the lives and accomplishments of others and the standards their our society. One of the biggest tools of society, social media, allows people to to share ideas and interests with everyone. However, naturally, one will only post what he knows others will accept and enjoy just as he does. This, in turn, does the opposite of what social media was intended to do. Instead of allowing expression of unaltered and original ideas, it is a platform of suppressed individualism which only encourages mainstream concepts.
Americans today tend to believe that people often conform from a desire for security within a group—typically a group of a similar age, culture, religion, or educational status. I’ve always believed that teenagers would want to fit in with others around them. In addition, while they raely admit as much, teenagers often take for granted is being themselves. When it comes to the topic of individuality and conformity most of us will readily agree that teenagers don’t want to be different or themselves because they feel as if it’s a bad thing.
“Conformity is the Jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth” It is often said that Conformity can be changed if the cost has both has consequences and freedom. It depends on what the person is conforming to. I think that conforming is a change in regards to setting social standards. Thus, a person conforming to these social and cultural norms may be accepted and "fit in" in various social settings. I think we all conform to those particular things without putting much thought into it.
Increase the amount of time pre-adolescents spend with their peer groups. Increase time with their peer groups helps with becoming responsible, independent, and trusting because of no adult supervision and more contact with cross-genders/social hierarchies. This evidence comes from the Michael Moffatt’s, Coming of Age in New Jersey. This reading illustrates the outcome of something like this through the eyes of college students. I feel that this should be implemented at an earlier age to make the transition smoother.
I feel that social media is helping benefit our society especially for children who lack social skills because it is helping them for in the future when they will have to interact with people in their everyday lives. Because through Snapchat they are actually communicating with photos or videos which is good interpretation of what it is like in life. Children love the idea of social media because they are constantly able to talk to their friends and see what their friends are doing. Some parents are against the ideas of social media and some parents are totally for social media. I think both have their positives and negatives. Such as parents that do not let their children have social media are depriving them of this technological society that they are living in and I believe that the parents that allow their children to have no social media with no monitoring are affecting the child because the child is living in a fantasy world. I believe the way to fix this is to allow children to have social media but to watch them so that do not spend all their time on technology and begin to develop a false interpretation of society. Many different people have very different opinions on the idea of social media and I think it all depends on the person you talk to and their interactions with social
Ever heard of the saying “too much of a good thing”? The Surrogates is a book that plays with the idea of a society becoming too dependent on a new form of socializing and moving about their daily lives. In 2054, people have the choice to live life through a surrogate, a fully functioning humanoid robot. If we look at todays society, people have a hard time not using social media too much, imagine if you could literally live though another person. Do you see any foreseeable issues with dehumanizing a society? The author, Robert Venditti, and artist, Brett Weldele use a variety of graphic novel forms past authors have used to fully engage the reader. I enjoyed reading the book because it is relatable to present day society, and the graphic
“America was born out of a desire for self-determination, a longing for the human dignity that only independence can bring.” Maurice Saatchi may be British, but his quote about America exemplifies what the country stands for. America is not an Anthem society because we value individualism, not collectivism. We are free to express ourselves, no matter what we think. We are free to learn what we want. We are free to live for ourselves and be who we want.
Brianna is a seventeen year old that attends South Huntington High School. To all of her friends and fellow classmates, she seems like an average teenager. She is always happy, bubbly, bright, and also extremely beautiful. Brianna had a difficult childhood. Her father was put in prison at age twenty-three, when Brianna was only two years old. Her mother often got extremely overworked and stressed out with her life, having to work two jobs which both payed minimum wage, and having to take care of three children, was most definitely not the easiest job in the world . Brianna has two younger siblings; Carson, who is eight years old, and Kaitlyn, who is three. Brianna’s mother often turned to alcohol to relieve some of the stress put on her. She
Socialization amongst the young has been severely damaged by technology and online media such as Facebook and Twitter. Alleys and parks that once contained multiple groups of children now seem quiet and often dissolute. Even at home children have less peer interaction, they get their social impute through text messages and the internet. The games they play together are often done from separate households. Game rooms, ice-cream parlors, bowling alleys, and gyms are often lacking the youth who used to seek each other out in the past. This will decay the health of socialization of our youth, and even weaken us as a society, if allowed to continue.
This paper explores several different topics of interest within the sociological concept of critical theory. Critical theory is a major and important concept within the social world. However, critical theory is such a broad topic to cover in total depth so I will be focusing on a few key topics and concepts within my paper. This paper will look at the concept of critical theory its history as well as what critical theory means. The paper will also look at recognizing and identifying the different cultural and technological forces that control people. Finally, my paper will look at how narcotizing the masses has limited the ability of progressive change in the U.S
Social Network can either be positive or negative to the human race. Social media has become a main source of information and as well for people to connect with long distance family. The negative downfall would be a distraction from school work and less interactions with kids and knowing how to create conversation to a person face to face. I agree with Marche that social media is not positively effecting users.
Nowadays, social problems are one of the major concerns in society and the condition got worsen year by year, mainly contributed by teenagers. Social problems emerged due to influences of the bad cultures from other countries. Teenagers cannot identify and differentiate between good and bad conducts. Family crisis has caused the social control in children to be neglected. Parents who often argued will not be able to nurture and educate their children properly. This situation becomes worst when the parents are busy with the tasks at office until they ignore their responsibilities to watch over their children’s behavior. Social problems among teenagers become an increasingly worrying phenomenon that teenagers go through such as early pregnancy, suicidal and drug abuse. However, there are many helpful organizations trying to overcome the social problems among teenagers.