What Is Social Interaction

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Every single day, countless social interactions occur between individuals throughout the world. Although most downplay the significance of their exchanges with others, part of sociologist George Simmel’s work aims to explain the nature and specific components of social interactions. According to Simmel, each social interaction can be broken into three parts: its form, content, and social types. That is, the form is what type of interaction takes place, content is why the interaction occurs, and social types details who is part of the interaction as well as what their identity is within the event. For example, a specific social interaction from my life is when my classmates and I competed in the 2014 New Jersey Association of Counties’ Vocational-Technical…show more content…
Specifically, this is owing to the fact that my teammates and I had to work together and collaborate throughout the entire social interaction. For example, months before the actual competition took place, we all had to decide on the dish we were going to prepare, we had to experiment with different recipes until we perfected our dish, and we even had to design how we wanted our table display to appear. When it came to the day of the competition, we had to work together to cook and prepare everything as well as set up our table as a team to ensure that we were ready for judging. As a result, cooperation was the form that was necessary in order for this social interaction to go well. If we did not cooperate and work together, we never would have been able to compete in the event…show more content…
Specifically, I was friends with four out of my five teammates, with the fifth only being a classmate whom I did not know too well. While I cannot speak for each team member specifically, I am aware that a handful were friends, two of them hated each other, and the rest were acquaintances. However, regardless of the fact that we were not all friends, we were all teammates within this specific social interaction. When it came to competing, our personal relationships with each other did not necessarily matter—since we were a team, we were in it together. In fact, we had to put aside any personal differences and come together as one unified group in order to be able to cooperate and ensure our success within the

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