By: Elliott Maginley/Senior Writer
Ever wonder what social group you are in? What friend group you are a part of? In today’s day and age, many Americans, primarily teenagers, have a tendency of being part of one social group. They then feel as if they have to keep friends in that specific group. However, there’s more than just the “popular kids” or the “nerds.” There are many different types of social groups, you just have to find the right one.
You interact with different social groups every day. Sometimes you know it, and sometimes you don’t. It could be group projects, crowds in the hall, waiting for the bus, in the cafeteria, or just simply sitting in class, but you don’t even see it because you’re too involved in “your group,” feeling other groups aren’t as important to you. Generally speaking, teenagers seem to group kids that are not in their friend group as “weird” or “having no friends.” They tend to say mean things, even though sometimes they might fit in those groups too!
Once someone is accepted into a group, they think they have to do things to fit in, such as bullying, bad behavior, and/or have bad attitudes. They never bother to be different or try new groups. They get sucked into that group and it can be a bad influence on you or give you a bad reputation. Teens who get dragged into one group are more likely to do things that are bad for themselves, school and others, or even hurt family, friends, and other relationships.
Social groups are not always bad, though. There are more social groups that are better for you than bad. You just have to find the right one, even though it is more common for teens to get involved in social groups that use drugs and misbehave. This has a negative impact on their lives, possibly resulting in the use of drugs, getting in trouble, and putting their relationships and future at risk. But there are always good groups that do the right things and could help others get on a good track. These groups also deal with the most stuff like bullying, name-calling, etc. It’s good to go out of your comfort zone and try new groups because you might find a group that fits you better than your previous one!
Teens also are afraid to be different, they think they’ll get made fun of. That’s why they stay in one group and do things not like themselves to stay with it. You shouldn’t be afraid to put yourself out there and try new groups, and remember, saying no when you know your group is doing something wrong is okay. You can be in control and make new friends! I personally think everyone comes from different perspectives of the world, but everyone has a choice and coming from my personal experiences, you should be different, do not fit in, and start your own “social group” to surround yourself with happiness. There are billions of social groups in this world. Stand up, stand out, and put yourself on a good track. Do not worry about what social group you are in, or what friend group you are apart of. Be yourself!
The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. “Social Group.” Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 10 Feb. 2010, www.britannica.com/topic/social-group.