Digital Peer Pressure

From Seth’s Blog

“You’re using it wrong.”

That’s how culture develops, of course. That’s why no one uses ALL CAPS IN THEIR EMAIL ANY MORE.

Culture develops online at the speed of light. Every interaction tool comes with peers to interact with, and quickly, those tools establish the norms of interaction.

As a result, there are a ton of rules and more arriving every day. Culture forms around us, then changes and then forms again.

Often, the peer pressure pushes people to fit in, to go along, to become a bystander.

But the digital peer pressure that pushes us to use social media a certain way can also have more positive effects. It can challenge us to understand the details in that Do lecture or to edit a Wikipedia article to make it better. Digital peer pressure can push us to level up.

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  1. Prior to reading this article I didn’t even know that digital peer pressure existed. However, after reading this article I now see how everyone is peer pressured online. One great example from my everyday life is Instagram. On Instagram you can post pictures with a comment. After thinking about it I realized that there are unspoken rules that everyone attempts to follow so they can fit in. One rule, for example, is that your comment has to be clever. This is a trend that has been happening for a few years now. People will spend hours coming up with different captions, then they ask their friends for opinions, and then finally they might decide on one to post. It almost takes the fun out of social media by having these rules that everyone expects you to follow. Another great example is your following/follower ratio. This one is probably the one that I think is the dumbest of all. In this “rule” you aren’t supposed to follow more people than people follow you. If you do follow more people than follow you then people assume you’re begging for likes by following random accounts, when in reality its just meme and sports accounts that I follow for entertainment.
    It is easy to see the negatives of digital peer pressure but the article suggests that there are positives to it as well and after some thought and searching on the internet I’d have to agree. One specific website that I feel does this perfectly is reddit. Reddit is a website that is sort of like a chatroom/blog where you can post anything about anything and just wait for others to respond. Reddit forms a lot of different communities with active users everyday contributing to the conversations with art work, stories, poems, etc. The website has a positive vibe to it that all users feed off of to better themselves and those in their community. The best part about these communities is they all build off one another. They really embody Seth’s idea of “leveling up” because the support that all users give each other on the site.

  2. Peer pressure, in general, is always seen in a negative aspect. There isn’t much positivity around that word, and usually followed with a negative connotation. As someone who uses social media, I have seen many different types of peer pressure and for some reason I never thought of positive peer pressure. After reading this article I started to think more of what kinds of positive digital peer pressures I’ve seen. One example that came to mind is the beauty community online. I am a fan of beauty gurus. I follow a few famous people on Instagram, their job is to post the products they use and review them. I think this is a huge form of digital peer pressure because if the product is bad, these girls can tell the world not to purchase it. Although it may have a different outcome on someone else, I would listen to why this person does not like the product. I think the beauty community definitely has a high standing of how much they can influence people. The article says, “digital peer pressure can push us to level up,” I think this is very important because a lot of people are easily influenced by the negativity but by keeping an open mind, the positive pressure can also have a great effect on everyone using digital platforms. Of course, there are digital peer pressures such as focusing on a caption, like the above comment by Kyle Stephens mentioned. A lot of people revolve their social media profiles around what everyone else is doing and how everyone else is setting up their profile and that is definitely a form of digital peer pressure.
    Another form of positive peer pressure that I have seen on digital platforms is when someone posts a charity or a “go fund me” account. Sometimes these things are posted due to tragedies that have occurred, and they ask people for any kind of donation or help. For example, when I was in high school a town nearby lost two teenage boys due to drunk driving. The boys that were killed were simply walking to get food and were killed by a terrible accident. The family and friends of these boys made a donation page for their funeral and for any expenses. The community came together through these social media platforms and donated money. It was a positive peer pressure example. The digital peer pressure influenced the community for the better and even those who did not know them or were unaware still felt an obligation to help. This is very similar to the article, it says, “there’s a responsibility to do something useful on behalf of those we are now aware of.” Overall, I really enjoyed this article, it brought a sense of positivity about digital platforms and social media. With all the negativity going on, on all these platforms it is important to also keep the good in mind.

  3. Digital peer pressure is an idea that I personally have thought about for a very long time. In this article, the first example provided is the idea that people don’t type emails in all caps anymore. Why is that? Well just like anything else, one person started to use lower case and that idea gained a following and eventually using caps was the weird thing to do. Weird is a relative statement in this case because like all peer pressure, it has a negative connotation. Something I always wondered is where certain slang words or phrases come from. For instance, the person who first typed out “hi how r u” must’ve been looked down upon. They clearly knew how to spell the word correctly and not typing the other 4 letter only saved them roughly 4 seconds so why did they do it? Because like it is simply stated in the article “if you can make things better, do so.” The peer pressure to do things such as use slang in texts does not have an astounding influence on people as a whole but it can be easier to write and read which is why we do it. The slang texts is just one of many examples of digital peer pressure. Another example is the educational aspect of it. Social media plays a huge role in our society today and can be used for good or bad. I get a lot of my news from social media because it is simple. However this can be dangerous as sources are not generally cited and information can be wrong. But the peer pressure involved comes from the everyday people on social media. These people respond with criticism, facts, or stories that contain the truth. For instance a big city based news source may give information on a small town crime that can be verified by a person who lives in this town. No one requires this person to speak up but it is the digital peer pressure of wanting to spread the truth that makes the person speak up. The article gives the example of Wikipedia which I see as a great choice. Wikipedia can be modified by any person with access to it and they can make it say whatever they want. I see this used for humor very often but as an avid Wikipedia user, I could easily be seeing false information. I am trusting, though, that the digital peer pressures of providing true information caused someone to provide the truth.

  4. I had always defined peer pressure in a way that I and most people saw it as being bad. That being surrounded by the majority and told what to do was bad, that it would result into forced assimilation. With the very brief blog post I started to run through a mind map/maze. To think about the effect that social media and connectivity has created for all of us. Suddenly three thousand miles does not seem far anymore, it seems to be just to be a finger tip away. How lucky we are to live in a time where now all our social and physical interaction can now be conducted over a small black mirror or clacking of a key board. It then became no surprise to me that there would still be peer pressure over the inter webs. Humans still stick true to their human nature, it would only make sense that we emulate what we do in the real world over the virtual one. Peer pressure as we have all seen in those corny VCR tapes rolled in with the school TV showed us that kids will always enforce some sort of action over you so that you too could enjoy or suffer through. This is a hallmark of bullying and we were taught we should never be a majority group forcing ourselves onto a minority. Don’t really believe that all those videos or anti bullying programs ever worked because we still have bullies and kids made to do things against their will. Then comes the second half of the blog post that got me to think about the human perspective. We will all interpret things differently despite reading or experiencing the same thing. It’s a human mechanism that has lead to great strives or deep moments of sadness. However I never thought of seeing as peer pressure something that could enhance someone or be able to push them forward. It’s almost incredible to think that it all depends on your perspective, who would’ve thought that if you keep a positive mindset and look for the opportunity in anything, you will come out better. It’s almost like we have control over our emotions and decide what can hurt us and move us forward. If only someone had put this revolutionary thinking forward decades before. All joking aside I’ve always been a big proponent of what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, especially if you only allow something to make you stronger. Nowadays we live a victim based society, where everything that happens to us and hurts us will make us weak. We will constantly remind others that we are a victim in a system that wants to put us down. People forget that we build these systems in place and live and abide by them. Which would mean it would be up to us to bcome better and stronger from past experiences and be able to move forward and make something of ourselves. It falls to us to be better than we were yesterday. We could take that peer pressure and come out on top and help us grow physically, mentally, and spiritually.

  5. The idea of peer pressure has a negative connotation in society. Most people associate peer pressure with the consumption of illicit items and forcing people to do other dangerous activities. Digital peer pressure is a form of peer pressure that I have never encountered before. My first reaction to the title, “Digital Peer Pressure”, was people coercing others to get social media. After reading the article, I see that this form of peer pressure is a good form of peer pressure. Good ideas and information are passed through relatively new social media apps. President Donald Trump posts several twitters a week about something that is apparently relevant to the government. Several sports companies, such as ESPN, spread the news about players and team at a much faster rate than without social media. Digital peer pressure is a good concept because it exposes people to new ideas at a faster rate than ever before.

    Personally, I disagree with digital peer pressure being a good thing. I believe that social media encourages people to post only good things in life or the worse of life. First, people on social media always post things that shine them in a good light. I know people who take 20 “selfies” before getting the right one to send to a friend for a meaningless streak. Social media has forced people into holding themselves to unattainable standards and prevents them from dealing with failure. The other side is that when someone famous does something bad or is alleged in doing something bad, that person gets their name tarnished. I won’t get into examples, but many famous people get their credibility and awards stripped from them for allegations that aren’t true. These two effects of social media force people to put on a happy face and attempt to ignore the problems arising in their lives rather than solving that problem.

  6. Generally, peer pressure is seen as always negative. While we are in the midst of a digital era, peer pressure on online platforms has become extremely prevalent. The article alludes to the fact that social media pushes people to fit in, and in turn, become a bystander. People nowadays base a lot of their looks, actions, and attitudes from influential social media personalities and celebrities. When we do not meet them, or fail to comply to these “standards” established by peer pressure, cyber bullying is often the result. Twitter is another area where different opinions and different beliefs are constantly flown around. Commenting on a tweet with a differing opinion can lead to a slew of harsh comments. This culture is forever developing, and with the fact that almost everyone has some sort of social media, it spreads extremely quickly.
    One thing that this article did open my eyes to is positive peer pressure online. I never associated anything good with peer pressure. In all fairness, when one thinks of peer pressure it is normally associated with doing something immoral, illegal, or dangerous. However, there are outlets that allows peer pressure to be used in a positive sense. The article talks a about how many corners of the internet have become cruel and/or void of any useful information. Luckily, the pressure the internet gives us to “level up” holds us accountable to make changes. As a society we now have the responsibility to better the inter webs and to correct misleading information. Anyone who has any good intentions or ideas have this platform to make change and to get others to support them. Positive peer pressure paves the way for social improvement and allowing each other to grow if used properly.
    For example, social media is a huge area to promote social welfare after a natural disaster, accident, famine, etc. When people spread awareness to problems through the internet, people gain access to it and react to it a lot faster. Everyday there is a happy video on social media of a result of a successful GoFundMe page, or a charity that has gained recognition by spreading their message through internet platforms. It triggers human sympathy when we are able to see and hear things, instead of just finding out about it. I cannot count how many times I have seen thousands upon thousands of retweets for people who are sick, who have experienced loss, or for the less fortunate. This form of indirect peer pressure is extremely beneficial for society.
    While peer pressure is surely still a hot issue for youth especially, if used positively, it can better any person. Being pushed forward by a beneficial idea to better oneself or to benefit others is a powerful way of using the internet’s freedom to leverage promises and being responsible to fulfill them.

  7. Peer pressure is something that all of us have come across at some point. Humans are social creatures and it is by nature that we try to do whatever we can to fit in. The fear of exclusion is so deeply engrained in our brains that we constantly try and surround ourselves with people and make them like us. Maybe sometimes its joining in on an activity you wouldn’t normally do on your own or maybe agreeing with someone you know you are against. Digital peer pressure is the same thing except a great deal of it is done on social media. However, Seth makes a compelling argument that digital peer pressure can be a good thing. Seth argues that this social media craze is pushing people to tame their curiosity and seek more knowledge on certain subjects. Seth explains how digital peer pressure “can challenge us to understand the details in that Do lecture or to edit a Wikipedia article to make it better”, for example. This is true in some circumstances. Social media led to many great changes, and I believe that people can use their influence on social platforms to make a difference. The best modern examples of positive digital peer pressure are websites like Go Fund Me, a crowd funding website which is commonly used to support people who suffer from severe injuries, diseases such as cancer, or people who are genuinely down on their luck. Go Fund Me’s are a great and simple way of getting people to make a change. However, I would like to play devils advocate to Seth’s argument. While there are many instances of good coming from digital peer pressure, I feel that the influence of social media is leading people to falsely support things which creates more negativity. For example, Twitter is an amazing place to promote things or to spread awareness. On Twitter it is super easy to retweet a hashtag instead of actually doing anything to support the cause. How many times does a picture of polluted beaches or starving children in a third world country get hundreds of thousands of likes and favorites yet a fraction of the people liking these posts actually do anything or really care about the topic. Mob mentality is a powerful thing and someone seeing a movement gaining traction might just jump on the band wagon to seem cool or in loop without knowing what is really going on. I feel like with the growth of social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram, where people find acceptance through how many likes their selfie gets or how relatable their tweet is, people are more prone to falsely promote the positive side of digital peer pressure. Seth’s argument is very thought provoking but personally I believe that a large portion of the internet have a different agenda.

  8. Many subjects in life are multifaceted. There are usually two sides to a story, and often many more. However, many people are quick to judge a concept on preconceived notions and personally biases. If I were to ask whether or not you would feel comfortable eating an insect, your initial reaction would most likely be one of disgust. However, many cultures have dishes consisting of insects, or simple foods that are sold in street markets. Chinese markets sell different varieties of insects with different methods of preparation, and the idea is normal and acceptable to them. In the current mindset of the United States, eating an insect would be met with indignation and aversion. Simply, the mindset of certain Chinese cultures are of a “waste not, want not” type, and much of the North American mindset is one of wasteful practice and disregarding anything less than savory. The factor that designates one culture to be so different from the next is perspective.
    The general perspective of peer pressure is that it is harmful to the population and particularly dangerous to growing youths. However, that close minded thought is being challenged by the article presented, in which the idea that peer pressure can be a force for good surfaces. Peer pressure, if guided well and set up with the discretion of well meaning individuals, can be used to create a structure and ruleset that others are pressured to follow. If someone on the internet is starting grief in a community that doesn’t tolerate that sort of behavior, the system in place can pressure them to either change their ways or leave the community in its entirety. I never thought to perceive peer pressure in this fashion, which is most likely due to middle school assemblies in which the phrase “peer pressure” is thrown around with dread and loathing by the faculty and staff. It was another bogeyman in the closet of childhood fears, along with having any part of your name in any username and interacting with people you don’t know in real life. Overall, peer pressure isn’t inherently evil, and, with that mindset, it can be used to do a lot of good on the internet. Following that example, other previously cautionable concepts might be potentially helpful if used with benign intentions.

  9. Peer pressure in any form is a powerful psychological force. From a Darwinian point of view, the fact that people are alive suggests they are doing something right, so if individuals finds themselves in an environment where most people act in a similar way, they will eventually adapt to those same set of behaviors. I believe the current structures in schools across the country are flawed in fundamental ways considering how peer pressure works.
    First, teachers do not seem to invest a lot of time and effort attempting to make students enthusiastic about learning in general, in addition to the immediate subject matter. It is true that enthusiasm for learning stems from many variables such as inherited personality, home situations, and ability; I do not see that as justification for the lack of emphasis put on trying to make learning a rationally worthwhile thing to do. For example, many high school graduates will claim that the reason they were taught how to write was to get good grades, and by extension a job, but an extreme minority will claim they were taught to write because it helps train them to be more critical thinkers. To write thoughts down on paper in such a way that you are also trying to support your arguments is a test to see if your ideas stand up to basic criticism. A critical and careful thinker will not have life’s brutalities flung at them as often because they might be anticipated or dutifully avoided. I truly believe that if this was the reason proclaimed to students on why they should write, it would enthuse just that much more children to learn how to write well, which affects their peers through the form of peer pressure.
    Second, it is sometimes necessary and proper to completely remove a student whose actions prove themselves as detrimental to an effective classroom environment. Ideally, these students would be identified and removed on a temporary, or even permanent basis, and returned once they are willing to rejoin civilized society (whatever that means for a classroom full of twelve-year-old children) and demonstrated that same ability. Unfortunately, either through procedures or the unwillingness or the faculty, this is rarely done these days. The result is that an extreme minority of troublesome individuals hinder the manifestation of the ideal classroom environment in which students, who would be working more effectively, do not work at their full capacity due to the actions they observe from their peer. The psychological research that has accumulated since the 1930’s paints a grim picture about the affect of how children affect one another. The perfect world would let a troublesome child enter an environment full of dedicated and sociable students and be influenced to mimic them due to peer pressure. Unfortunately, the research has indicated that the more likely scenario is that the one troublesome child is likely to affect the rest of the class in a counterproductive manner. Psychologists debate why this phenomenon arises, but not the validity of the phenomena itself.

  10. Peer pressure is something that is always taking place throughout our everyday lives. It is human nature to want to fit in and many times, give into peer pressure. Most of the time, peer pressure is seen to be connected with a negative connotation, but in reality, this is not always the case. Often times, peer pressure can lead to bigger and better things, and more and more accomplishments that were never thought possible. Throughout the passed several decades, technology has skyrocketed through new advances, especially with the internet and social media. With the access of the world wide web, more information is now more and more accessible than ever before. In addition to all of this information being extremely accessible to the point where it is right at our fingertips, we also have instant connection with people all over the globe. As stated in the article on Seth’s Blog, new ideas are spreading faster than ever before, in which people are intrigued to listen. The reason for this, is that people want to stay in the loop and keep up with what is going on, especially if being successful is important. When being open to all of these new ideas, more information is obtained, and as stated in Seth’s Blog, “there’s an imperative to learn, listen, and then level up.” In the society of this day and age, things are changing, and they are changing rapidly. In order to keep up with the world, it is imperative that you are malleable and are able to adapt to new changes and add them to the set of skills already obtained. There are many different things that can be accomplished by one person, having other people in life that can help to fill in where one may come short will only lead to greater accomplishments. With social media, we are able to connect, interact, and network with people all over, from our kitchen table at home. Being able to surround yourself with other intelligent people, who help you think differently than before, is a great resource to have and is one that can definitely bring you to the next level, whether it be career or just in life.

  11. Digital peer pressure is something that effects our society every hour of every day. We may not notice its effects without someone saying something, that is exactly how my experience was. I never understood these “unspoken rules” that come along with having a social media profile. Its just a “thing”, you should have more followers then following, your tweets should be relatable, your Instagram pictures should get a good ratio of likes to followers, and you should only follow the people who like your pictures to keep your follower to following ratio acceptable. Majority of the time, we don’t understand the peer pressure around us and we sort of just go with the flow, or do what the next guy is doing so we don’t standout. This is evident in the article when it talks about no one sending emails with CAPS anymore. This is because someone in the world used a caps lock message as a way to denote that they were angry, now anytime someone sees an all capital message it comes off as angry. It is not necessarily the type of peer pressure that is forcing you to do something you may not want to it is simply making you unconsciously do things that are the norm. Another example, people only tweet and post things that a politically correct or socially correct even if they do not agree with it. It is better to fit in nowadays then to standout and be criticized by the social media world.

  12. Peer pressure will always be apart of our daily lives we are always being told what to watch, what to eat, how to act and how to use the internet. This can lead to some good things and it can also cause us to make bad choices as well. This article touches on digital peer pressure specifically and this is something that can effect us everyday as a society. The reason that this has a big impact us is because of the amount of time that we spend on social media and how much it has done to our society. It has brought some good like letting people express themselves in a way that we were not able to in the past. However it has come with bad as well like the way that people can bully each other so easily and our society accepts it as well. We are now being told how to use social media in these ways social media now has a set of rules that we have to follow and if you don’t follow those rules you won’t have a large amount of followers. I feel that with social media specifically it should be something that should not have a set of rules that we follow and we should use it how it was meant to be used.

  13. Digital Peer Pressure now a days is seen as a negative concept, nowadays anyone can pretend to be someone they are not, hackers can get anywhere and everywhere, our world by the second gets dangerous and our safety as a community is always in jeopardy. As the article “Digital Peer Pressure” states “Culture develops online at the speed of light…Often, the peer pressure pushes people to fit in, to go along, to become a bystander.” Many times, friends threaten us to follow their footsteps, the people we associate with reflect upon our actions. If we surround ourselves with gangs, violent behavior, alcohol and drugs; we are most likely to end up with a similar background and the same goes the other way around. Not everything on the internet seems deleterious, social media in a certain way also provides us to “level up.” Due to the internet’s platform worldwide “good ideas” spread faster than ever, there’s an imperative to listen and learn and then to level up. There are so many digital platforms that are available for the whole world to take a part of and if there is a cause or motive that needs to be spread nationally, their first resort is social media platforms ranging from Facebook, Instagram, snapchat and other platforms that serve the same purpose. An organization called “altMBA” is a corporation “built on the idea of positive digital peer pressure.” This organization does not only show people that they are capable of exceeding above and beyond but they are also introduced to people from all over the world that share the same concerns as to their identity. Here they learn to communicate with others in a way to break out from their shells to reach their next level of self-analyzing. They learn the value of friendship and how a stranger from across the world can share and have the same conflicts regarding their personality and character. One of the members from altMBA said “Ask not yourself what the world needs, but rather what makes you come alive, for that is what the world needs.” This world is full of enormous tragedies, the news nowadays serves to only inform you of all the negative actions occurring in our world. Programs such as altMBA impacts both personal and workspace life in the sense of creating a much stronger bond with colleagues and family members in ways that one probably did not think were possible. Overall you learn to really appreciate every single detail of life by surrounding yourself with people that share the same fear of becoming a better version of themselves to prosper and be an example to the rest of the world. Through fear an unwreckable force can emerge and become the breaking point from your old self to your new self.

  14. Peer Pressure is one of the strongest forces that affects people in this day and age. Especially with all of the new devices peer pressure has translated to digital or digital peer pressure. After all the technology advancements everyone wants to have the newest device and the newest tech just so they aren’t behind the devices their peers have. With all these new apps like Instagram and snapchat no one wants to be called out about having an older device than the next person. Everyone wants to have the perfect number of followers and post everyday just to show others that they have a life. Most people don’t even notice digital peer pressure affecting them because they are just going through their normal day to day schedule and they see others post and then to them they have to post something or tweet something or even buy something at times. The only reason behind this is them being pressure by their peers to do anything. Technology has such a big hold on us today that most people are constantly on their devices checking their friends and acquaintances posts to make sure they aren’t behind them. The CAPS lock example displays the effect of peer pressure because now nobody types in caps after a person using it in an upset or angry tone. Now emails are only typed in lower case format to be “professional” and not to sound angry. Today majority of people are content with being followers to next trend and everyone is afraid of being a leader or trying to be their own person

  15. Being peer pressured by other people in our lives is human nature because even if we are not deliberately being told to do something, we may still feel pressured just from simply observing. Whether it be as a child, teenager, or adult we have all experienced some form of peer pressure in our life. For the most part I have always thought of peer pressure as being a bad thing, but upon reading this article my former thoughts about the subject matter have changed. I now understand how peer pressure is what we essentially what we make of it. Essentially, we all have a personal responsibility within ourselves to not conform to the harmful pressures of today’s society, but instead push ourselves to learn form the good ones. With the internet being a vast platform containing all sorts of information and knowledge we must surround ourselves with the beneficial parts of it if we wish to be peer pressured in a good way. As stated in Seth’s blog, new ways of thinning and doing thing are created faster than ever before so one can easily feel obligated to have to keep up. At the rate in which we use social media now, one can discover a great deal of new information within minutes of being on the internet. We therefore must ensure that the ways in which we use the internet is for the purpose of “leveling up” as stated in the article. This clearly indicates that we should try to minimize the time spent browsing sites that we know have no purpose other than to entertain and waste time. Instead we should encourage the use of technology to surround ourselves with sites that will expose us to new information we could possibly apply in the ways we go about doing things in our lives. For example, rather then wasting time viewing what others may be doing or what social trends are coming to surface, we could instead be applying ourselves to something new that could have a more positive outcome on our life.

  16. Peer pressure has always been considered a negative thing in society. Over time we have seen peer pressure change and adapt to current trends and technology, so it is of little surprise to me that digital peer pressure has become such a prevalent issue or concern. The first example mentioned in this article was about emails, specifically how people no longer use all caps when writing them. On social media, using all caps has taken on a different connotation than it used to have, so that today it is viewed upon as being a bad thing. This is an interesting example because it is not a case where I would immediately think of as being about peer pressure, but it is pretty easy to link the two after thinking about the similarities between peer pressure and why people do not type in all caps anymore on emails. I think part of this has to do with how toxic the internet can be. We live in a world where our actions are immediately criticized by anyone, no matter what the situation might be. Later in the article however, it spoke about the positive aspects of peer pressure and how social media can be used to “level up” in a way. Since we are absorbed in so much going on online, we can see things very quickly, and react to them quickly as well. If we see one person doing something good, we might follow suit and do that same good thing, and suddenly it becomes a trend of sorts. One example I can think of would be the Ice Bucket Challenge from a few years ago. It became a popular trend on social media to do this challenge, and I bet most people doing it didn’t even care so much about why they were doing it at all, but ultimately they were doing a good thing and inspiring others to do it also. Peer pressure has always meant something negative to me, and I was always taught that peer pressure was a bad thing, but I can start to see now how it can be a good thing in the right circumstances.

  17. Over the past few years the digital presence has increased astronomically. Not only adults but mainly kids sit behind a screen for hours on end. The effects that the internet can have on people is very unhealthy. Going online and seeing people portrayed a certain way, making people think they need to look just like that, it is very unhealthy for us. People only showing the good in life or the worst in life just to make others feel like they are not as good as them. I personally do not really agree with this article because there is really nothing good that comes from peer pressure, maybe in certain situations it can be helpfully but usually has a very negative effect. With all these social media apps such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat there is always something to go on and scroll through. When posting a tweet many people only do it for attention or to get the satisfaction of a “like” or a “retweet”. But if no one likes it or retweets it you may take it down, because it didn’t serve the purpose you wanted. Or like Instagram, posting a photo that can be photo shopped or even changed by an app on your phone, making yourself someone you are not. Even Snapchat taking hundreds of pictures every day to send to friends just to keep a digital “streak” with them. We are becoming so reliant on social media and the Internet that many of us wouldn’t be able to go a day without using some type of Internet platform. Having these hidden rules of social media is what is wrong, always looking for approval from others then just wanting to share things with others. One of the biggest problems with today’s society is cyberbullying. People just want to sit behind a screen where they feel protected and make others feel bad just to make themselves feel better. This is a huge issue especially amongst the younger generation. With almost every young kid having access to either a phone or computer is pretty dangerous at certain ages. There is more bad than good going on the internet now a day’s more than ever before. So many people need to look at other people and see what they are doing to be comfortable with themselves, and hold themselves to unattainable standards. Everyone would rather be a follower in today’s world rather than stand out and be yourself.

  18. I never heard of the statement digital peer pressure until I came upon this article and I somewhat agree with what this article has said. Each and every person who uses the internet and interacts is faced with peer pressure online one way or the other. In life we usually and typically see peer pressure as a negative and being forced to do something you don’t want to do. But with digital peer pressure, the article is pushing us to use social media in a certain way in order to have more of a positive effect. If digital peer pressure can help people become more positive and do more.I also believe that there are just negative people in general in the world and try to use their peer pressure abilities to bring others down to their levels. The use of not only digital peer pressure, but peer pressure in general has continued to increase and what people see on the internet can be very unhealthy for them.
    People see others on the internet and social media doing good things for themselves, and the people watching can get jealous and feel that they aren’t where they are suppose to be and feel bad for themselves. Overall the internet and social media is toxic and general and we should all push to use it less in today’s world. We are so attached to spending hours and hours scrolling through the internet when we need to realize it is other things out there and we should push for that instead of worrying about what the internet things. I just feel that we can do much more as people instead of viewing what others are doing with their day. Technology is just a big addiction in today’s world and it is very difficult to let go of it, but it can be great for you individually if you learn to limit it and focus on other things. If digital peer pressure can be used as a positive than we should push for that, but overall I personally only see the negative that can occur with peer pressure in general.

  19. I doubt that I was the only one who was raised by parents who were absolute opponents to peer pressure. I’ll never forget the argument my mother used to make (and still does make): if your friends jump off a bridge, are you going to jump off with them? A hyperbolic statement in language, but it essentially served the purpose she wished – to deter me from doing certain things that mimic the actions of those around me. Throughout my whole life, I have never really been one to succumb to peer pressure. So, to hear this article point to peer pressure, specifically digital peer pressure, as a positive force in our lives is something I had never really given a thought to.

    Thinking about it, the biggest driving force of this new age of digital peer pressure is disruption. According to an article by Forbes, more than a third of high-level executives have claimed to be directly impacted by their more tech-savvy competitors. And this is really where the digital peer pressure comes into play. In society, individuals cannot just sit back and observe, while others revolutionize the world with their dedication to technology and innovation. Instead, individuals need to be motivated to do what those pioneers around them are doing. As the Forbes article notes, we need to be the disruptor in the future. That’s how one stays ahead not only in his or her life, but also in a society characteristic of constant advancement and innovation. If one can learn to navigate digital platforms and various mediums in a way that can help serve society, then the next big disruption business is a few key board taps away. This is where the Seth’s Blog article, at least in my opinion, starts to articulate its main point. We have so much power at our fingertips that there “is a responsibility to do something useful on behalf of those we are now aware of.” The fact of the matter is that there is no longer a culture in our society that is set in stone. A new culture emerges each and everyday with advances in technology and the use of that technology by individuals in society. Individuals need to push themselves to become more involved – they need to follow the lead of others and start using as many platforms as possible to ensure that they are leveraging all of the resources at their disposal.

    However, all of that is relatively meaningless unless we take into consideration one thing: other people. And that is the most important part – understanding those around us; understanding our relation to those around us and how we can better their experiences as humans. That is what distinguishes cool, new technology from real, game changing innovation in the market that improves efficiency and customer experience. It’s one thing to create one of the most ground-breaking pieces of technology the world has ever seen, and another thing is to ensure that that has a meaningful impact on the lives of others.

    Sure, digital peer pressure is what is driving competitors to knock out the next big player in a given digital market; however, we need to make sure that we understand the context of it all. It’s great if we learn how to use technology to our advantage – but the most meaningful uses of it come when we put the needs of others before ourselves and understand how we can better society and our existing culture. I really think that is what becoming a leader in this newly digitized world means – leveraging one’s usage of various mediums and technologies to help better society. However, we cannot sit back and wait for someone else to take charge – it is not time to take a seat, but rather time that we start becoming disruptors too.

  20. When people hear the word peer pressure, they automatically think of a person being a ad influence on someone else. No one ever really thinks of peer pressure as a god thing. I am a cheerleader, so when I see someone has a higher skill than I do, it puts a little bit more pressure on me to want to be become better. The same thing happens with digital peer pressure. It happens a lot more than I ever thought it did. This pushes companies to become better than their competitor when the other companies come out with something new. It is like when there was the first smart phone provided by a phone company, all of the other phone companies felt that was the future as well and they should take up on it. Digital peer pressure is not something to be scared of, but something that should be embraced because it is something everyone can benefit from.
    People constantly want the newest thing that is out. With digital peer pressure, people are more inclined to listen to the new ideas that are out and make new ones. This can only help development in the future. As it states in the article, it is a way to “level up” and it does exactly that. The article, also, states, “Culture forms around us, then changes, and then forms again”. This is very true because we make the culture and then the culture make us. We are easily influenced by what we see and hear and if a digital platform has something that most people want to be apart of, every other platform was us to follow them too. I do understand the other pressure that platforms have to make promises and sticking to them can be difficult if it is something new and has never been done before. However, I stand firm with my statement that digital peer pressure can only bring us further into the future than be costly towards everyone else.

  21. This article highlights one of the most important parts of today’s society- the important of social media. But with social media on the rise, there is also a possible downside to this. With millions of people on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, there is a peer pressure that comes along with it. This article argues that this “peer pressure” ought not to be associated with a form of bullying, but more of a societal obligation. This is the obligation that we need to encourage people to interact and portray our social media accounts in the ways that are most successful; however, the pages that we see on social media aren’t always ideal ones. Social media today is a space where you put your “social” life in the spotlight, and not every social life is one to strive to be like. The pictures we scroll past and the pictures we like are the ones we hope to be like, not the ones that are actually representing who we really are. The posts on social media portray a life that we all want, but we cannot always have. When we say that social media is important and that it should essentially define our new society, we are reaching for something that can never be achieved. By defining our society as one that needs to be centered around social media is basically ensuing that our society will never reach the perfection that we want.

    In the context of business, more and more companies are now turning to social media to advertise their companies. Now, this may seem like a good idea on the surface, but in the eyes of teenagers who predominately use social media, we really don’t care about your business, and don’t care to follow it. Companies are now making social media pages on Instagram in hopes to attract future employees by posting social events, and sort biographies of the employees. As a person who uses social media frequently, I don’t care to see businesses on it. I want to see my friends and family’s posts, not businesses. I don’t think that social media is the place for professionals to post. I believe that in order to be successful, we need to stop believing that social media is changing our world, and that in order for your business to survive, you must have a social media account. Businesses have been advertising themselves through television and billboards for years now and have done a fine job of attracting attention to it. Social media will not help that.

    Although the article has ideas that I disagree with, there is one idea that is mentioned that is true- that good ideas are spreading faster than ever. This is the case, as we see social media on the rise, but how do we determine what to listen to and what to ignore? In the case of social media, there are a lot of ideas that are spread that don’t exactly match will ideas that will benefit society. Social media itself is a fantasy and by spreading ideas through social media only, we are basically saying that these ideas are only fantasy and we can never achieve them. In order to be more successful and stay professional, I think it’s essential for companies to stay away from social media, and not accept it.

  22. Culture is constantly changing and being developed throughout time. As Seth’s Blog describes, “Culture forms around us, then changes and then forms again.” Now, the peer pressure to change causes people to feel stressed about trying to be up-to-date on the new trends occurring, which can be viewed as a bad thing. Although, according to Seth’s Blog article, “Digital Peer Pressure,” peer pressure when it comes to digital, or social, media can bring positive effects to people. It can push us to make change for the better. As described, “It can challenge us to understand the details in that Do lecture or to edit a Wikipedia article to make it better. Digital peer pressure can push us to level up.”
    Throughout my eighteen years of life, I have seen the great impact technology has brought to the United States, with the alterations and advancements in technology. It has inspired people to become more innovative regarding social media, setting new trends, making a better change. As Seth’s Blog explains, “The simple rule for these communities is: If you can make things better, do so.” People have independence, but it also comes with responsibility, making sure that whatever one decides to do that it will make a great impact on the people around them. As I have said before, peer pressure when it comes to doing something can bring a negative image to people, but, as the article explains, “If we let it, though, we can use it to push us forward, to make things better.”
    From a personal point of view, I would have to say that I am one of the people that view peer pressure as being a bad thing because it feels as though you are trying to catch up on something and you feel sort of left out when you did not hear or know about something that is trending. Though, I see how it can be viewed as a good thing, as well, when it comes to social media because of the evolution of technology continuing to occur today. It is amazing how technology can inspire people to create things and, maybe, expanding on their creative items. This blog was very eye-opening.

  23. Before reading this article on SethsBlog and watching the altMBA video, I have never seen peer pressure in general as a positive thing. This is because you never hear about peer pressure and social media peer pressure as something positive and pushes young people to do better. However, this article allowed for me to see a different perspective on this idea, and I have do not agree with it entirely. Of course, there will always be hurtful peer pressure; one making people feel the need to fit in or look a certain way to which is ultimately not good. So, this idea of a digital peer pressure making someone want to do better and learn more is real as well. Thinking about peer pressure in a good way is not easy to do growing up in a society that views it very badly. However, Seth’s argument that the digital world of social media and digital peer pressure is something that we can utilize to “push us forward, to make things better” (Digital Peer Pressure) is a good one. This idea that the social media trend pushes people to explore, to learn, and to see other things that are new and that one would not be able to see otherwise is true. One way that I can see this is through the website Go Fund Me. This is a website that I have seen being used by people who are close to me as by well many around the world. This is a digital platform that allows for people to raise money for those who are struggling through difficult times or for a charity organization. This is a positive use of digital peer pressure because this website allows for people to put their struggles on the internet and have others see and feel compassionate that they feel the need to donate to help others which causes a positive trend of good works. This is encouraging and there are other things similar to this. However, in the beginning I stated that I only somewhat agree, and this is because there is not enough positive that outweighs the negative at this point when it comes to peer pressure on social media.

  24. I completely agree with this article when it states that “the peer pressure pushes people to fit in, to go along, to become a bystander.” There are so many factors that come into play that makes people change to conform to their society. Digital peer pressure may sound like a bad thing. It appears to be something that only kids that make bad decisions fall into. However, there can be a lot of positive outcomes through the power of digital peer pressure. It can force us to strive for nothing but success. This will depend on who we choose to be surrounded by. Millennials and college student alike, are fortunate enough to have been given the power and freedom of the internet. People, in general, are becoming smarter and brighter than ever before with the infinite amount of sources the internet has to offer. With more knowledgeable people using the internet, it puts some strain on others around them by creating ‘Digital Peer Pressure.’ By surrounding yourself with other likeminded individuals that on the same path as you will not only help you along your journey but will inspire you to become something more significant than what you originally had planned. Digital peer pressure forces us to adapt to the high intelligence of all others around us. It makes us grow in every aspect to fully become the highest version of ourselves.
    One way we could or surround ourselves with like-minded individuals is joining a club around campus. It could be a club based on your major or something that is towards your side hustle. Joining clubs allows you to be known to new ideas that could assist you in whatever you planned on accomplishing. Additionally, we now have more leverage than ever before, and what we choose to do with this advantage lies solely with ourselves. We also have more freedom and independence in today’s day and age which allows us to accomplish anything we strive towards without restrictions. The only person that can create something better for yourself is you. If you can make something better for you, then do so without hesitation.

  25. Peer pressure has always been around in our time however, it has evolved into different platforms. Today, our generation is so hesitant when it comes to posting anything on the internet, specifically on social media. This sense of digital peer pressure is literally in a whole different world, the online world. We depend so much on our technology, that we have to keep up with everything on it which includes, new social media posts of friends. This means we have to take criticism of others online whether we like it or not. However, this does have an impact on us whether we admit it not. Often times peer pressure is considered terrible, however peer pressure in order to motivate oneself isn’t.

    Often times we get lost in trying to favor others, that we forget to favor ourselves. This is how we become tangled up in other people’s lives and ignore our owns. However, we have to be very careful on the internet because we never know who reads our posts. In the future, if you apply for a job and your potential boss search’s your Facebook profile up and see’s inappropriate pictures or posts, then you will definitely miss a job opportunity. The future is all about opportunities, which is why we can use social media to our advantage. That is if we use it the right way! We have so much freedom to post whatever we want, that we need to be aware of the consequences. This is why it is super important to be mindful of what you post online. Peer pressure can motivate us in a good way to be cautious of our actions at times.

    Personally, I hate to admit but my whole life is on social media. Sometimes, I feel peer pressured into posting pictures to show people that I am having a good time because everyone else does. In our generation, people assume if you don’t post a story on snapchat, then you are probably dead. It is horrid to think of something like this, however our society is hesitant with keeping up everyone’s lives! In this way, I feel as digital peer pressure is horrible depending upon the situation. If it’s digital peer pressure by potential employers, then I would feel very cautious and motivated to show the best version of myself!

  26. When I first read the term “digital peer pressure” I immediately thought that the article would expose the more darker side of internet culture, but in actuality I was quite surprised. The blog post focuses on how specific types of pressure in the online posts of others can actually push you to try and make more positive decisions. By conforming ourselves to the beliefs of others in the online community, we can end up motivating ourselves to become more efficient and professional. While using caps in an email may be a farfetched example, the internet’s reach is so expansive that there is a certain internet etiquette set in place. The peer pressure of social media contributes to society by pushing others to share their own thoughts and findings. One community that reflects this idea perfectly by displaying the idea of contribution to an overall purpose. The platform Reddit is a message board that has thousands of daily interactions on threads where users interact. When a user sees a thread on a specific topic that they have knowledge on, the community aspect the community aspect of the site compels them to leave their own input and be a part of this peer reviewed system. Platforms like Reddit add to why the internet continues to grow because digital peer pressure forces us to stay online. This type of support helps aid innovation through collaboration and different insight.
    While the blog argues on a positive effect of the digital peer pressure, the pressure can still attribute to a lot of stress and lower self-esteem. When there is a new app that all your friends use, there is a lot of internal push from yourself to join in even though it may not be right or healthy. These kinds of online habits are more common in adolescents but can be transferred to the professional world. That leads me to believe that when you a motivated towards a new way of utilizing the internet, you need to first analyze the source. Where is this advice coming from and are they telling me this for my best interest? Having access to the internet means having access to thousands of people and it’s not always clear what someone’s intent is. However, if we can sort reliable sources from the online trolls, then we can improve ourselves and the network around us.

  27. Digital Peer Pressure can be defined as the process of determining social standards online. Digital peer pressure is similar to peer pressure in the classical sense as both entail criticism or encouragement. Peer pressure is often viewed in a negative light. For many, the first thing that comes to mind is adolescents compelling each other to do something immature. However, peer pressure isn’t always detrimental. As a catalyst for establishing what is deemed regular, it can paint negative behavior as taboo. In the case of sexual assault, peer pressure rendered a constructive statute for society. The perception of sexual assault by college and high school aged individuals has evolved drastically over time. Due to a shift in the attitude of the collective, abusive behavior that was justified by the same perennial excuses involving intoxication, are no longer acceptable. This change can be characterized as a generation coming to their senses and dissuading each other from participating in the type of defamatory behavior that is finally recognized as sexual assault.
    Digital Peer Pressure utilizes similar modems for change. As Seth Godin states, digital peer pressure is the reason that using all capital letters in an email is disapproved. Just like what would occur in the sociopolitical environment of the playground, digital peer pressure labels an activity as out of bounds because of its irritating nature. It is necessary to make an important distinction between traditional peer pressure and digital peer pressure. Digital peer pressure is faster, occurring instantaneously due to modern technology. The internet provides platforms such as social media where people can comment on events happening in real time. For example, every time President Trump goes on one of his twitter rants there are thousands of comments and threads within minutes. Social media allows everyone to get their opinion out regardless of social or economic standing. However, this greater freedom of speech entails a responsibility of promoting accuracy. When digital peer pressure does what it’s supposed to do ethical and intelligent responses are supported. Twitter contributes to this by retaining a verified feature that establishes credibility to certain users. When a verified Twitter account comments on a post it is usually taken in a higher regard. Therefore, those who do not abuse their blue checkmark are drivers of positive change. Celebrities and professionals cannot be the only gadflies of the modern age. Everyone, must take it as a personal obligation to prevent the spread of “fake news” and embolden constructive online habits.

  28. The article as a whole is approaching us to use and understand social media in a positive way. Peer pressure alone is known as enforcing someone to do something that they do not intentionally would want to do. Now, with digital peer pressure, it should be a tool that allows people to help one another. The article discusses about how “culture develops online at the speed of light”, which to me is an important aspect of today’s digital peer pressure. Do to the fact that we are easily merging cultures through social media, it is becoming a major factor in being able to connect with each other, as well as motivating to do better in the world. We view cultures today as an opportunity to connect with many countries and explore their differences. I think it opens up people personalities to do what they would like to do instead of being forced or feel guilty. Although now that the internet is available on devices that is the size of a hand, it is giving people another addiction to stalk and feel bad about themselves wherever they go. With or without peer pressure, the things people view on the internet is a gateway representation of having guilt and jealousy of what other post. For instance, there are challenges put on social media where people are nominated by close friends to do that specific challenge, however, there are other friends that are left out and are left probably over thinking negatively about themselves for not being good enough to do a challenge.I think that people should be wiser when using social media as it can affect others emotions mentally and sometimes physically. Digital peer pressure could also develop into a domino effect, if someone engages peer pressure through social media, that same person could do the same with someone else. This could lead towards endless generations to do the same and still have social media be a victim when it could be focus for something good. If we set our mindset on using social media to decrease peer pressure, it would also decrease the addiction of technology. In recent use of technology, I believe that it is increasingly being used negatively with peer pressure.

  29. Peer pressure has always been defined as an influence from peers to follow what they’re doing, which usually are negative actions. For instance, if I were to keep insisting my friend, who does not drink alcohol due to religious reasons, to drink alcohol and to go against their beliefs. This action can be categorized as peer pressure. In the article, the author explains how there is constant peer pressure online which pushes people to fit in, to go along, or to become a bystander. For example, if someone comments  something negative under someone’s picture trying to be funny, and the comment gets a couple of likes from other people, a random person will be more inclined to say something that encourages the humor with the most liked comment or to comment something even funnier, even though this comment could be making fun of someone. Then, there are a whole bunch of bystanders who could speak out against the negative comment but choose not to due to the fact that the comment is supported by a whole bunch of other people.

    However, Seth makes a strong argument against the negative digital peer pressure statement stating that digital peer pressure is not completely negative. Seth argues that this social media craze is pushing people to tame their curiosity and seek more knowledge on certain subjects. Seth explains how digital peer pressure “can challenge us to understand the details in that Do lecture”. For example, my father used to rely on the newspaper or tv for his daily news, but once he got social media, he changed his outlook on everything due to exposure to more opinions on certain subjects and more information in general. As a result, he began to be more analytical and skeptic with any news he reads and does more research to validate anything he sees. As much as we want to control our behavior on social media, we can not deny that there is a peer pressure that enforces certain behavior online whether it be positive or negative. 

  30. This article introduced a new idea to me and something I never really thought about before, Digital Peer Pressure. After reading this article I directly thought of many times when I see this on social media apps like Facebook or Instagram and also just sending simple text messages. Growing up in high school I grew up with a ton of digital peer pressure, but never really thought about it that way. I know that some students tried to get other students to do things over text because it was easier. For example, students used certain slang words or phrases to get students to skip class or go out instead of studying for an exam. Some people I knew would become frustrated with you if you responded with a simple “Ok” or any other word answer.
    With that being said, there are downsides to digital peer pressure, but can’t the internet be a better place with it? The author talked about how it can be a better place if everybody used it more maturely and smarter because the information travels so quickly. The author used the website Wikipedia and I believe there are a number of other websites and applications were one another can actually help each other. Instagram can obviously be a bad place sometimes with cyber bullying, but their are nice features. Like sharing pictures with friends and families and seeing what they think about the photos.
    To conclude, we live in a generation were information travels to one another way faster than ever and under common laws like Moore’s law it will only continue to get faster. I strongly believe that it’s important to keep social media platforms a clean and beautiful place. However, that doesn’t mean it needs to be free of digital peer pressure. Digital peer pressure can cause an atmosphere that provides knowledge to everyone. With that being said, digital peer pressure can also cause a toxic and poor atmosphere and we see that everyday too. It’s important to do your job to keep it a nice and knowledgeable place.

  31. Digital peer pressure is a every social media site. I especially see this on Instagram where people act completely different from themselves in their everyday life. One example is, an old friend in high school used to post pictures where she would actually make up things she had done and excursions she went on. For example, she was trying on an outfit in a store’s dressing room and took a picture of it. She made sure it didn’t look like a dressing room and tucked the tags inside her outfit. I asked her why she did this and she couldn’t fully explain to me why, but I understood why she did it. What she didn’t want people to know is that she couldn’t afford the clothes, but she posted the picture because other girls in school were showing off all these clothes, shoes, and expensive items they had and owned. I don’t believe they could afford all of the stuff they posted either. But it is all fuel by the pressure of acceptance into that digital society. I have never given into pressures like these. It is unfortunate that people in society have to act this way fake and needy. It almost makes them lose a sense of self confidence and courage to be individuals reminding me of the cliques that were in high school. Everyone wants to fit in and they can only do that by dressing and acting in a certain way. People not only want the attention it causes, but it also sees what the fame and attention it creates for others on social media. People notice the connections, gifts, and following others can get. These other people want and crave that same attention that others have taking away from the actual way people they used to be. They would get the attention by working hard, being kind to others, and even showing off their skills and talents. People could have done and performed talents like singing or dancing. This creates any social media star’s careers and singer’s for example Shawn Mendes and Justin Bieber who have succeeded. Shawn gave an interview saying he would sing on an app and post on it and the following grew after. Now, many other singers are posting online and will make it big like Shawn Mendes. Many people want to have the same experience, but through different sites like Instagram and Snapchat, however is hard to realize that people are wanting to be seen on social media rather than showing off their skills in a dream job. For example, a girl who I used to follow on social media would post beautiful DIY (Do-It-Yourself) tricks and items. She posted three times a week and was having a large following. One day she stopped posting and disappeared for a month and later posted a message explaining the disappearance stating she did the posts to help with her depression and has since gone to therapy. She was going back to school for interior design and discounting her posts on social media. She explained how she got so caught up in herself and the following and how she lost why out on the site but she was truly on for connections. I can agree and wish others would follow on her path she took. She had to break away from the peer pressure of showing off this perfect world when it truly wasn’t there almost like a fantasy. I can agree with her needing a break and I would also do the same if that was me. Social media peer pressure comes in all sorts of forms. Whether it’s posting on pictures, videos, and/or blogs in order to have a successful and healthy use for social media is to not give into the peer pressures it can cause. Taking a break from it can also help. People need to find a healthy balance in their social media uses and if it includes not being on the site would be completely acceptable. People should not give into the pressures it causes which could be to be on the sites or not or even posting once in a while or not at all.

  32. Peer pressure is a difficult subject to see in a positive nature. Seth’s blog is actually an example of positive peer pressure through its influence to see peer pressure in a different way. I think for the most part, peer pressure holds negativity because of the way the human mind functions. It’s really easy to focus on the negative sides of an idea or situation, and I feel peer pressure is a good example of that.
    My first thought when I think of peer pressure is exactly what a lot of people before me said. Instagram is probably one of the most influential platforms that is extremely prevalent for my age group. It feels almost like people’s lives revolve around the validation of likes and appearance of their feed. This is actually a big reason why I decided to rebrand my Instagram and make a new account with people I truly respect. I felt sick looking at social media before I changed up my account. It was like people were trying so hard to appeal and hide what is really happening in their lives. Authenticity is incredibly important to me, and I believe that’s why it’s difficult for me to see the positive peer pressure online. Even off Instagram, when I log onto Twitter it’s some charged political argument full of hatred and ignorance. On Seth’s blog he brings up an important point of making these medias better if we can. I find myself no longer engaging in these fueled arguments online because in the end, it doesn’t help anyone. As respectfully as I try to bring up my opinion and support it with facts, if someone is ignorant or just has a different view, that’s all it is. When it comes to the ignorant, they can’t all be saved. It’s a hard realization I’ve had to live with, because no matter what you say to some people, they will just reject you for thinking differently.
    I don’t think social media is all bad. Social media is powerful. There is a pressure to be the best you can, and whether that’s getting likes on Instagram or pushing a social agenda; we can only be who we want to be. The internet makes the stupid stand out and the intellects just one in a million, but we need to choose what we pay attention to carefully.

  33. Peer Pressure is hardly ever viewed as a positive thing. Growing up parents, teachers, and other adults always talked about peer pressure when discussing drugs, alcohol or something sexual. They told us to just say no, just walk way and tell an adult. Peer pressure wasn’t always a bad thing. You friends could be bugging you to not do something stupid. I remember a time when my friend wanted to go swimming in the local stream. All my friends and I convinced him not to due so. Good thing cause a week later they found out the dirt in the stream cared some infection. But what if the peer pressure was always happening everywhere and at all times. When you text some one from your brand new iPhone X and you see the green conversation pop up instead of the blue conversation you get a certain feeling. You look down on the person who doesn’t have an iPhone. But they’re your friend. You want them to be able to FaceTime with you, join group chats, and most importantly, send Emojis to each other. Friends will pressure friends to get the latest technology so they could fit in or have a better time with them and the others. Also, people are being pressured about what they put up online. Everyone had seen something funny on Facebook or on Twitter and wanted to share it or retweet it. Now, people may think twice about sharing something or retweeting it because of pressure put on you from your friends, peers, or adults. While in high school I was being recruited for both Baseball and Football, (due to injuries I was no longer able to continue playing those great sports) I was talking to my pitching coach, a former player at Seton Hall. He told me that everything you do online is being looked at by not only college scouts, but also future employers. So, even though its not through direct contact these people are also pressuring you on what you should post on social media and what not to post on social media. Digital peer pressure happens everywhere and is not always bad.

  34. In our society today peer pressure has become very relevant all around us. A lot of peer pressure occurs everywhere especially in high school and college, where people are just trying to fit in. How many times have we heard the word “peer pressure” and think or assumed it would be about something negative or in terms of being “bad”? Plenty of times! However, this isn’t always the case. In Seth’s blog “Digital Peer Pressure”, he stresses how specific types of pressure in the online posts of others can actually push you to try and make more positive decisions. He argues that the digital world of social media and digital peer pressure is something that we can utilize to “push us forward, to make things better”. In other words, digital peer pressure is a good concept because it exposes people to new ideas at a faster rate than ever before. There’s an imperative to listen and learn and then to level up. In my opinion, social media provides us to “level up.” For example, Seth explains how digital peer pressure “can challenge us to understand the details in that Do lecture or to edit a Wikipedia article to make it better”. I think this is very important because a lot of people are easily influenced by the negativity of social media, rather than utilizing and turning it to positive effects on how everyone should use digital platforms. One great example of negative digital peer pressure from my everyday life is Instagram. As he states in the blog, “Culture develops online at the speed of light…Often, the peer pressure pushes people to fit in, to go along, to become a bystander.” This is true! People spend hours editing photos, trying to gain fans(followers). You aren’t supposed to follow more people than people follow you. You’re not allowed to post more than one Instagram picture per day. If you get less than 11 likes, the names of those individuals who liked your photo will still show up, and that is beyond the point of “embarrassing”. This sometimes leads to a photo being deleted at some point too! This is beyond crazy. However, Seth also sees a lot of benefits from Digital peer pressure. Since society is absorbed in so much going on online, he believes that we can see things very quickly, and react to them quickly as well. For example, GoFundMe, is a site in which helps campaigns raise money and spread stories to many people. The stories I’ve seen are very eye opening. I have learned so many things on this site. For example, a teen who was bullied due to his mental disorder caused his parents to raise a campaign in order for him to seek better medical attention. This shows how cruel people are, yet gives out an important message…BULLYING MUST STOP. The site teaches us many real-life lessons. Viewers and donators feed off the information to better themselves and those in their community. They all simply build off one another!

    Overall, I found this interesting because peer pressure can be seen as one of the devastating factors affecting society today! Seth states, “Culture forms around us, then changes, and then forms again”. This is very true because we make the culture and then the culture make us. We are easily influenced by what we see and hear and the outcomes could either be positive or negative. Peer pressure doesn’t always have to be seen as a negative concept anymore. This blog brought a sense of positivity about digital platforms and social media in which I think many people should begin to realize!

  35. For me, I grew up thinking that peer pressure was bad and that if you were being peer pressured, it’s because you thought that what was being done was morally wrong. Which for the most part is true. But after reading this, I’ve come to realize that not all forms of peer pressure are bad and for the most part, we are all victims of it every day.

    A majority of people nowadays use some sort of social media. Whether it be Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat, a majority of the world’s population uses social media. Within each social media platform is a set of norms. However these norms aren’t always known. It’s more like something that you just figure out by being on the platform for. Digital peer pressure sets in when people start to follow along with those norms and start to go with the flow. I’ll use Instagram as an example. Everyone generally knows what to post and what not to post so for the most part, people tend to follow those simple guidelines. By following these norms and guidelines, it makes us all victims to digital peer pressure. Although, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Digital peer pressure can push us to create bigger and better norms.

    Norms are always changing and that allows people to become more creative. It challenges people to create and use their imagination more which can help a person’s personal growth. In the article, it was mentioned that there is one simple rule that these social communities follow. That is “if you can make things better, do so”. If everyone follows this simple rule, it will help not only the community and the platform to level up but it will also help that individual level up as well.

  36. I used to believe digital peer pressure did not exist, but that was before I really got into using social media. Once I began to be a very active social media user I realized just how bad digital peer pressure is. I realized that there are unwritten rules when using social media that people follow to fit in. One rule, for example is peoples captions on Instagram have to be funny or clever. People will spend hours deciding how they should word their instagram captions. To make sure the caption is good enough people will ask their friends for their approval, then they might post the picture. This is looked at as cool by many Instagram users today. Those who don’t follow this unwritten rule and post a picture with a bland caption are look at as boring or old. This is the case for twitter as well. On Twitter it seems like nobody does research on any topic anymore. If they see one tweet with a couple thousand retweets and likes they take the tweet for fact. This not only has taken the fun out of social media, but it also has made me people lose their ability to think for themselves. For example, social media dictates what music becomes popular. If a song is popular in a video on twitter or a meme it becomes peoples favorite songs. Digital pressure has made kids think they have to fit in with everyone else or else nobody will like them. Kids no longer want to be themselves, rather they want to be what social media considers popular or cool. Digital peer pressure is not limited to social media it also finds itself in people’s everyday life. For example, when a word or catch phrase becomes popular on twitter or Instagram, people will find themselves saying these phrases in real life conversations. Without any knowledge of what they are saying they go around saying these phrases because social media has made it cool to say. People will even put on an act to get people’s views and likes. A great example of this that happened recently is rapper Tekahsi69. He put on a tough act for people so he can keep their attention so they could listen to his music. This act got him involved with the wrong people and he wound up in prison. People attempted to warn him about something like this happening, but the attention was more important to him. In my opinion social media is great it’s a great place to communicate with other people and to be entertained. But, the way social media and a lot of digital platforms have evolved it has become more of a competition then a place of fun. People competing with each other for views, follows, and likes have caused people to lose themselves in the apps. The attention has caused people to do things that are out of their character. It is time for us to be better and not allow digital pressure to control how we think, but to be ourselves no matter if people think its cool or not.

  37. Whenever people think of “peer pressure” they automatically interpret it in a negative connotation. And so have I most of my life. But after reading this article I’ve realized that peer pressure can be used to persuade people into doing better things. It’s like a domino effect. When one person does something cool, more and more people want to do it as well to follow the norm so that they can fit in to the “popular group” and in return, be more popular themselves.

    Most people are on some sort of social media today. Whether it be Facebook, Snapchat, or Twitter, if you ask anyone, most people will say they partake in these social medias. With each platform comes social norms. A norm is something you come to figure out by either interacting with others or just simply by observing what most people are doing on their social media account no matter what platform. Everyone knows what to post and what not to post for the most part. This is because of digital peer pressure and the norm which everyone follows so that they are more socially appealing rather than the ones who are more outlandish per say and who are very independent.

    People are constantly changing the norms of social media because they’re always getting new creative ideas on how to improve their platforms. The article said “if you can make things better, do so.” So when people have this mindset it challenges them to help the community benefit from these social media platforms. And this is where the good aspect of peer pressure comes in. When one person creates a new norm, it pressures others to want to follow it. This allows the platform to develop. This then helps the community to develop. And this chain of events helps the creator himself to develop.

  38. This is another great topic brought up by Seth’s Blog. The very first line in this piece speaks volumes to many people. He says “you’re using it wrong.” When he says this he is strictly talking about digital peer pressure in social media. This topic can been seen as positive or negative towards society. In real life/in-person peer pressure can cause use to do things that we are not comfortable with. This starts from a very young age, and for some people it never really stops. In the context of digital peer pressure our actions can be even more widespread. This is why once we log onto our favorite social media we must be careful of what we say. The words/messages we decide to send out for the world to see can have an impact on anyone who sees it.
    Seth believes that good ideas are spreading faster than never and “if you can make things better do so.” I truly wish more people abided by what Seth is saying here. Out of all the social medium I use Twitter the most. From my personal experience I can say that there are just as many good people trying to spread good messages as there are people trying spread evil ones. In one tweet you will see someone promoting a charity or some other good cause. In another tweet (from someone else) you will see one person cyber bullying another person. With that being said a lot of this depends on what you choose to see. Twitter for example only has tweets show up from people that you follow. So if you see negative messages it is only because you choose to see them.
    Personally I choose to see only good messages. Messages that promote the well-being of the community and of others. If someone posts something I do not agree with I can either follow that person or confront them. By confronting them I do not mean in-person but rather on Twitter. This “confrontation” doesn’t need to be degrading or violent in anyway. It can simply be a question as to why someone feels differently than I do. By keeping an open mind I could potentially learn both sides of the story, thus increasing my general knowledge on a topic by way of someone’s point of view.
    Peer pressure is often seen as a bad thing. But Seth makes a great point. Peer pressure can also be seen as a good thing. People often remember peer pressure from when one of their friends tried to get them to do something when they were younger. Nowadays this concept can also be applied to social media. For the first time in modern history we can provoke one another to do something good on a platform shared by hundreds of millions of people around the globe. On Twitter one ordinary person can start a positive trend that can go worldwide. This trend could be something silly, or it can be something that can help millions of people.

  39. Growing up, the words “peer pressure” never brought a positive image to mind. Parents, teachers, guardians, etc. have taught us that peer pressure can only produce negative outcomes that can lead to worse problems, but we never actually sat back and thought about the flip side of peer pressure. We never recognized that pressure works both ways, whether it be guilting someone into doing something wrong, or more importantly, encouraging someone to do better, or “level up” as Seth Godin explained it in his blog post on the matter–and he holds a very valid point. The social expectations of society change every day, and are bound to continue changing as time goes on, which in some cases can be beneficial. Constantly shifting norms help us not dwell on things of the past for too long, especially with technology. For example, a new trend for the younger generation is investing. Apps like Robinhood and Acorns make it possible to invest simply on your phone and make profit. Peer pressuring could compel people to look into the new trend, which can actually serve them beneficially in the future, putting some money in their pockets. Not all pressure is bad, it forces us to keep moving and to stay ahead of the curve

  40. When I first read the headline “Digital Peer Pressure” I first thought it was version of cyber-bullying. With the term peer pressure, it is always or at least most of the time viewed in a negative light with good reason. Like Seth implied using ALL CAPS IN AN EMAIL, can be viewed as negative. When it comes to pressure, some people see it as negative. Yes, I’ve had negative pressure before but I also had positive pressure in my life.
    Cultural norms change practically everyday and we accept it. Digital peer pressure as Seth describes can be viewed in a positive light. He says, “It can push us to level up.” Obviously he doesn’t ignore the dark side of the internet and social media but he focused on the positive side of digital peer pressure and I’m glad he did because there needs to be more positivity in the world especially when most of the world is exposed to the internet can the dark side of it more than the positive side. As Seth described the one rule for these kinds of “Digital Peer Pressure” communities, “If you can make things better, do so.” That I agree with. Everyone should feel positively pressure to do better than they did yesterday.

  41. Peer pressure is a common battle people have dealt with in their lifetime. It could have been peer pressure as a child, where children want to be more included in their playtime with others and would try to fit into this “stigma” of the cool kid. To even as a young adult and learning about how to stay away from peer pressure such as doing drugs because it can result in bad decision making. Once you’re an adult, you have the freedom to choose who and what you listen to and or read, whether that be through media or the newspaper. This freedom allows individuals to either listen to peers or deny what they say. With social media becoming the main way people communicate, peer pressure is something hard to get away from. In the article Digital Peer Pressure, I agreed with the authors stand point that not all peer pressure from social media had to be viewed as a bad thing. “It is easy to see peer pressure as a bad thing, something that only delinquents are subject to. If we let it, though, we can use it to push us forward, to make things better”. As time goes, peer pressure on social media actually has been bringing light to subjects many people may have not advocated for before social media.
    In my generation, social media became a platform for individuals to open up their mind to creativity. From posting what you ate for breakfast, to a beautiful vacation spot that you traveled to with your family. People use social media platforms to create their own world. Instagram, I believe, is the biggest platform for most media. Now with Instagram Business, people have the option to choose whether they want their page to mimic a social blogger, a public figure, even a small business that can be chosen by a search engine. The paths are endless for people to choose what they want to represent themselves on Instagram. Their follower base is then filtered to what people wish to see from that individual’s business or even lifestyle. With the idea of peer pressure, individuals with these business platforms on Instagram can advertise whatever they choose. For example, in the past few months the advocacy to get rid of plastic waste in our oceans has been a big social movement that has been broadcasted on Instagram. People reposted saying comments such as “save the turtles” with an image of a metal reusable straw. This sort of awareness made people go out and search for this infamous metal straw and stop the use of plastic straws because it was killing our marine life. People feared that if no one took a stand it would never change.
    Overall, without a platform for people to express their opinions through images and videos, such as Instagram people would not have the ability to bring about positive change. Digital peer pressure may be the way to see change throughout our world and it is up to future generations to bring about positive change through posts people swipe by day to day.

  42. To be honest, I haven’t heard of digital peer pressure before or I think I didn’t know that, that term existed. But, reading this article I realized that this happens everyday. There are so many different types of social media nowadays and no one really understands the role it plays. Social media such as Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, or Facebook are just some of them. And people on the media get motivated with the likes or comments and it should not be that way. People are trying to fit in to get popular or live like how celebrities do and that makes people go crazy. I read so many articles on where people got surgeries done because they wanted to fit in the social media side and get more people to like them. And people are pressured to make it look like they have the best lives and that they do not have any worries. And we all know that is not true, everyone has something that is happening in their lives and digital media does not show that. Even for example, LinkedIn, we think that it is okay as a platform because it is for professional usage, but when you think about it people post about their new jobs and it makes it look like a competition to see who can get into a bigger position. I think digital media can have some positive aspects like how we can spread the word out really fast if something bad is happening like the fires at Amazon rainforest or girls fighting for their rights across the world. I think people need to start looking at the effect they are making through digital media and see why they are being pressured. Even for myself, I have to stop starting my day with media and end my night with media. And I feel like people are going through many problems by seeing popular people online and trying to see if their lives can match theirs. And I think there needs to be more awareness on this topic especially because nowadays even kids are getting pressured. And I think we need to be teaching the younger generations on how it is okay to be themselves and not have to worry about what others think. I think that digital media has both pros and cons, but I think that no one really spends the time to look at the cons and just wants to go with the flow with everyone else. This article actually connects to me and makes me think about how I am being pressured at times too.

  43. There are not many things that can tie together to create a worse outcome than peer pressure and social media. First off, peer pressure and bullying has forever been seen as the three eighth graders pushing down the scrawny fifth grader on his way to lunch. Or if the group of eighth graders forces the fifth grader to do something that he most definitely would not have done by himself. The concept of online bullying, or cyberbullying, has been newly developed and is something that is really hard for the school system, parents, and other concerned adults to control. Anything can be put out on any digital media platform, and now the rise of burner accounts, where people can say anything they want and not have it tied to their main account. This article attempts to discuss digital peer pressure in an innocent way, where there are aspects of digital peer pressure that can unify people. Seth says that peer pressure can make us stronger: “If you can make things better, do so.” While I believe this to a certain extent, it is not reality. The idea that digital media is constantly improving is only seen with adults, those who have a job on the line and a source of income, in that situation, of course people are going to be responsible and formal online with their name attached. Information can be spread anywhere at the click of the mouse, to better any relationship you can think of. Also, you can order something online and have it arrive on your doorstep in less than 24 hours. The way we operate is constantly changing, at the corporate level. Although I would like the internet to be a better place as someone who experiences the stresses of technology, I can only see the true reality of what people put out onto the internet, the vileness that will never change. Those who are not responsible are allowed to share their opinions and hurtful comments on any social media platform they can think of, while not revealing their true identity. I am scared for the dangers that are present when my son or daughter is new to the internet, and everything they can see with the touch of a few buttons.

  44. Peer pressure has always been a big downfall in society especially in teens. Peer pressure, for the most part, forces people to do things they would not usually do. Many people submit to peer pressure so that they can fit in and not be an outcast. As Seth’s Blog stated, “Often, the peer pressure pushes people to fit in, to go along, to become a bystander.” This statement is completely true, especially in today’s society with social media. Social media has a huge influence on society. People start saying certain slang terms because everyone else says it. On Instagram, people edit their pictures, pose a certain way, or only post “Insta-worthy” pictures to match what other people are posting. In many cases, if you are even remotely different from anyone else then you are seen as an outcast. Social media has heightened the influence of peer pressure over the years. Seth’s Blog seems to view peer pressure in a slightly different way. He believes that we should use peer pressure to do good things and make things better. It takes a strong person to be able to see peer pressure and run in the opposite direction with it. Most times, it is easier for society to just submit to the pressure and go with it rather than taking it and using it to do good things. Peer pressure has always had a negative connotation to it, but it would be worth trying to view it in a positive way instead. If it was viewed positively, people would be able to make a substantial change for the betterment of society.

  45. “You are doing it wrong” has been a phrase that I have personally experienced all my life. Either it is doing work in class, swimming or dealing with the internet. When posting on social media there are so many unspoken rules that are supposedly known to all. God forbid you to break one of the unspoken rules, you are based on social media and lose followers or receive backlash. An example of one of these rules is posting quality pictures on Instagram. If it is a real Instagram, not a fake Instagram, then you are expected to have perfectly filtered pictures with clever captions. These could be harmful to people with confidence issues, and it could eventually lead to random disputes over nothing. But we must assimilate with the larger crowd because that is what society tends to make us do. Although to a certain extent, I agree with Seth when he says that digital pressure is helpful. When looking for jobs it is looked down upon to have pictures of the individual drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana. These types of social media rules are beneficial since they prevent people from inappropriately conducting themselves on a social platform. So, this pressure to maintain professionalism on social media and uphold a high standard is necessary. But we cannot neglect the fact that many bad things occur as a result of this pressure. People become obsessed with social media and the idea of perfection, which cannot be attained. People are willing to go through life-changing surgery to be perfect, willing to change who they hang out with as well as willing to harass others for social relevance on platforms. This can harm the self as well as others and make someone’s life miserable. Therefore, having this digital pressure is definitely a dangerous thing.

    An interesting comment that Seth said in his blog was “if you can make things better, do so. Independence brings freedom, but also responsibility. Because good ideas spread faster than ever, there’s an imperative to listen and learn and then to level up. Because we can see further, there’s a responsibility to do something useful on behalf of those we are now aware of. And because we have more leverage than ever before, there’s the obligation to make big promises and then deliver on them.” I find this very questionable because this is another social pressure that social media inflicts on people. Now that we finally have advanced technology and have a new platform to speak out, everyone in society should be working on solving issues and making the world a better place. This is unreasonable in our current society. Yes, we should be able to express our opinions and work towards bettering society, but we can not place an obligation on everyone in society to “level up” and work towards perfection when it is unreasonable. He states that people need to make something useful out of their platform, but we should not make this everyone’s responsibility. People already have a lot on their plate and when we apply the digital pressure to them and make them feel like they need to contribute to change in society is unnecessary stress. I am not denying the fact that digital pressure helps us gain positive effects, but there are also negative effects from this that harm many people in this society. If we are to believe that people have responsibilities because technology has grown in the past decade exponentially, that is the wrong mindset to hold. This leads to people becoming overly worked up and they tend to assimilate with the rest of the world rather than genuinely having an interest in change and wanting to go out and help people and speak their mind out of their own will. Social media is very pressuring for our youth and adults, and this unnecessary pressure to have people feeling obligated for change and to pursue change is wrong. I feel that those who want change should feel the obligation to do it but those who do not want to participate in the change should be able to feel comfortable saying “no” or just stepping back from the crowd. It is not always right to join in with what everyone else is doing, because not everyone may be good at that or genuine interest in it. And if people are not interested in doing something, then the end result of their work or efforts will be lacking, which will cause societal judgment and backlash. Therefore, I feel that this digital pressure is a benefit for society but there are cons to it that people need to realize before they go ahead and pressure other people to do things they do not want to do.

  46. Peer pressure is a big thing for teenagers and younger children in today’s society. It can change how someone speaks, acts, or even their lifestyle. Many people start to say certain slang words because they hear their friends or older siblings say it. They do this so they can fit in better with their friend group so their friends would want to keep hanging out with them. People also change the way they act in front of everyone just so they can fit in with them and start to make new friends. Making new friends by not acting the way you usually do could be a negative way because your friends should want to hang out with the person who you actually are and not someone who you pretend to be. Peer pressure can change someone’s lifestyle because of what people make them do and it can change their entire life. For example, an individual can be hanging out with someone of his friends and all of his friends decide that they are going to do some drugs. This person can be peer pressured by their friends, end up doing drugs, and could possibly become addicted to them. They can throw their whole life away by doing something that they did not even want to do in the first place.

  47. While reading this article I was very intrigued by all the things that go with and cause digital peer pressure. The internet is a very dangerous place where things can be blown out of proportion because you are not able to see someone’s raw emotion. Instead you just see words or emojis on a screen. I understand how this can cause many problems; for instance, the author brought up how typing with capital letters can be taken the wrong way. When I use acronyms or “slang” I sometimes type them in capitals, so they are easier understood. After reading this article I can see how that could be taken as me yelling those things. I also think that peer pressure is worse on the internet because there is no face to face confrontation. No one can take away how “strong” someone is behind a screen. Therefor, everyone has the power to say anything they want. This can be bad because younger kids take things more seriously, and it can lead to bad things. Another way peer pressure is shown through the internet in many ways. One way is body shamming. People see these starts who are “beautiful” and try to change them self to look more like that person. They think that they will be more liked if they look a certain way, instead of realizing that they are beautiful and loved the way they are. On other hand, there can be good peer pressure. A way good peer pressure can be shown is through awareness of things and complements. There are many videos that have very positive comments that can motivate one. At the same time there can be negative comments, which is why the internet can be dangerous. I like how the article brings that up, and in a way promotes the idea of helping spread love and happiness through the internet. Lastly Peer pressure can cause a lot of drama on the internet that can ruin someone’s life. Peer pressure and hate on the internet have caused people to take not only their own lives, but the lives of others. Peer pressure can cause someone to do or say something that in todays world because of technology can ruin their future. Technology is everywhere, and because of that so many people get caught doing the smallest things. There’s been instances where videos of someone’s past have come up, and stopped them from getting a job and doing much more.

  48. Nipsey Hussle once stated in one of his songs, “If you look at the people in your circle and don’t get inspired, then you don’t have a circle. You have a cage.” With this he means that if the people who you consider to be your best friends do not want to push you to improve or “level up” as Seth puts it, then they aren’t your friends an will pull you down your whole life. A problem that a lot of kids and teens in todays age have to deal with is peer pressure. If it is in person or through social media, it is something that is always on their mind. Usually peer pressure pushes people to fit in but like Seth said, “It can challenge us to understand the details in that Do lecture or to edit a Wikipedia article to make it better. Digital peer pressure can push us to level up.” Even if it is not the social norm you should do whatever you can to make something better. Being part of this generation, I use social media quite often and it does push me to be like everyone else but that is where the challenge lies. You have to strive to be your own person even when you want to fit in. This generation is referred to as the technological generation and with this in mind a lot of the news and information we get is from social media and the internet. In my opinion, most of the time peer pressure is used in a negative way but even if it is negative peer pressure you can use it to grow. Seth states, “It’s easy to see peer pressure as a bad thing, something that only delinquents are subject to. If we let it, though, we can use it to push us forward, to make things better.” With this he is proving that whatever type of pressure that the internet and social media put on you, you have the opportunity to let it tear you down or you can use it to push forward and better yourself.

  49. As an individual who has grown up alongside the development of cutting-edge technology, the Internet and social media, I lack the knowledge of what life was before these innovations. My understanding of the world has been shaped by technology and the online platforms held within them; my culture revolves around the Internet. Although my lifetime has been defined by the digital era, the culture that emerges from technology evolves at such a rapid pace that it is almost impossible to latch onto a trend before another idea comes along to usurp it. The rapid spread of ideas flourishes in an online format due to the volume of individuals online– people are expected to know exactly what current events have transpired over the course of the day, whether relating to global politics, sports, or celebrity news. Those that lack the most up-to-date knowledge meet questioning faces that seem to say “How could you not have heard about this?” In my opinion, the need to be completely immersed in online news and social media has become a detriment to society, as individuals become completely immersed in an online world rather than the present moment. I practice mindful technology usage during my daily life in order to remain present in the current moment rather than sucked into my media.

    Digital peer pressure that stems from advancements in the Internet and technology presents a new challenge for individuals living in this digital era. I see this peer pressure in two contrasting lights: (1) a way to create silos that divide groups (2) a way to encourage learning. The first interpretation of digital peer pressure obviously reflects a more negative outlook on the intentions of this peer pressure; Seth’s Blog mentions that digital media spurs explicit and implicit rules on what to do/what not to do online. For example, implicit social media rules suggest that users don’t post too frequently, don’t post certain types of content, and don’t be over zealous about liking other peoples’ posts. Negative digital peer pressure has the potential to create an “in-crowd” and an “out-crowd” between those that do/don’t conform to the current digital trends, thus creating silos that separate these groups. In my opinion, peer pressure to follow the socially-defined rules that define conduct on the internet inhibits the actual intention of social media and technology– to be a space for innovation, as well as an opportunity to build relationships and connect with individuals across the globe. Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to navigate the unsaid rules of digital platforms as the trends and expectations are constantly changing. Online culture is constantly changing– why bother trying to fit in if that effort will be obsolete tomorrow?

    The negative implications of digital peer pressure can be overwhelming, however, digital peer pressure has the potential to spur new ideas and learning. As mentioned earlier, digital platforms allow for the rapid spread of ideas; Seth’s Blog argues that “independence brings freedom, but also responsibility.” Society has a responsibility to propel forth knowledge in order to improve current understandings and processes, as well as leverage new understandings to develop new innovations. I agree with Seth’s Blog here. Information is so accessible in today’s digital era, and it is the obligation of society to take that information and use it for good. Articles, videos, books, databases, and libraries that exist in a digital format are a wonderful place to start expanding one’s knowledge; voluntary learning springboards individuals towards innovation and improvement.

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