The Influence of Society

Length: 2 Pages 577 Words

In our society today, we are all subjects to the influence of societies norms. When we are raised, we are introduced to our family's beliefs and values. Naturally, as young children, we adapt to these beliefs and are influenced to follow them. Once I was old enough to attend church, I was led to be a part of the Lutheran religion. When I was old enough for little league, I was influenced to play baseball rather than any other sport. Social control plays a big part in the decisions we make throughout our lives. The norms of the town influence us to conform to what society believes are normal. As a child, I was thought of as a hardworking student that stayed out of trouble. This was to my advantage for many reasons. I compare it to the article "The Saints and the Roughnecks" in respect that the group of kids considered the Saints could commit Continue...


I feel I can relate to this article because many times in high school I was involved in pranks and practical jokes, but rarely would I see punishment. In our culture, society has the power to make us do things we might not normally do. I understood that in many people's eyes, some minorities are considered a risk to have around, or are portrayed as "scary". Therefore, I try to stand clear of these situations if I notice them. the same deviant acts as the Roughnecks but see no consequences for them. My socialization has been based on the influences that surround me. My family has always been kind to everyone despite their skin color or race. This is discussed in the article "Confessions of a Nice Negro". As I continue through college, and eventually enter the working atmosphere, I will always follow the norms of my group to eliminate as much conflict as possible. Humans delivered large amounts of shock to what they thought were other people just because the man in charge told them it was their duty. Once I arrived at college, the question of whether or not to join fraternity life was still puzzling me. Although I am older now, my decisions are still being influenced on a daily basis. From the time I was born I have been adapting to the world surrounding me. The institutions that I follow are all a result of the influences of society.