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Conformity Essay

  • Submitted by: ptrick
  • on May 10, 2011
  • Category: English
  • Length: 568 words

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We try so hard to fit in and be like everyone else that we ignore our logic and morals. People conform to groups just too please there peers even when we know we should not be doing something. The desire to not stand out and make a scene can cause us to do it. As a teenager who sees peer pressure and conformity everyday.

The legal drinking age in the Unites States is twenty-one. This is an objective fact (a fact that can be proved). However this fact does not stop underage teenagers from consuming alcohol. In fact, it happens so often that it’s considered normal in most places. It’s “Fitting in”; it’s conforming. Peer pressure happens so often, teenagers in particular. A young man who strives to be popular and becomes friends with the “in crowd” will go to a party, unaware of the illegal substances that wait for him there. Even though his instincts are telling him it’s wrong to drink, even though he’s been taught right by his mother to “Just say no,” he won’t say anything of the sort. He wants to fit in, and he will ignore his conscience and take a sip of the drink. He is conforming rather than respecting his own thoughts, or the law.

Conformity does not have to go as far as breaking the law. I’ve experienced firsthand conforming to something I didn’t believe in. In middle school, my friends and I would talk behind other people’s backs, or just talk “crap” to people because we thought it was funny. In the back of my mind I knew the objective that my mom had taught me since I was little: “Don’t do anything to anyone that you wouldn’t want done to you.” However, I shoved that little fact aside and continued to conform, simply because I figured my friends would turn against me or laugh at me for disagreeing with them. I didn’t want to be the guy being made fun of.

Often, we as human beings are afraid to make a big scene, or to stand up for what we believe in. One day in school, I noticed a kid that was getting beat up in the hall Looking...

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