Research Round #2 - Why Do Some Teens Feel The Need To Put Great Effort Into Their Appearances While Others Don't ?

Hello everyone,

In my second research round, I'm going to look into "fitting in ".

More specifically some questions I want to answer are

  • Is not wanting to be different change how teens dress themselves?
  • How do teenagers fit in?
  • What does it mean to fit in?

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Hopefully, I will be able to go into deep detail on what does it mean to fit in because I think that's an important question which may have different answers based on people's opinions. 

Also, I am going to create a survey to see what everyone likes to wear and this will give me a good idea of different opinions on appearances. 

 

Is not wanting to be different change how teens dress themselves?

YES 

From the psychological perspective, teen girls tend to dress like their friends for confidence and less vulnerability. Meaning if your friend buys a certain pair of jeans, and you suddenly feel the urge to buy them as well its because you are mirroring their style. If the jeans work for them, you assume they are going to work for you which means you might have a low self esteem. Overall though is a certain pair of jeans worth it, to help give you a boost of confidence?

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Another point is that lots of teens try and dress the same as certain people in a social group they are trying to get into. For example if all the popular girls are wearing black and you are wearing black and white, you might feel left out. 

Sadly, some teens have it in their brains that in order to "fit in" they must dress a certain way. Could we almost predict that friendship isn't about personality or kindness, but instead how people dress and their appearances? I found some interesting quotes online that teen girls said about appearances. 

"If my friends are wearing it, it is cool. We dress the same way, and we all go to the mall together to pick stuff out."

"If you don't wear the same thing as your friends you feel weird, like you are on the outs."

"You dress like your friends if you want to be popular, I guess." (1)

 

How do teenagers fit in?

There are many ways to "fit in" at school and around the neighbour hood. Surprisingly, fitting in is more important than academics for some students. (3) Most teens fit in by keeping up with latest trends, and they look for approval from peers. For example a simple compliment about someone's shoes could boost their confidence for the day.

Another way teens fit in is by changing their behaviour based on what group they are with. They act and speak like the other members of the group which makes them feel like they belong. (3) Teens aren't the only ones who seek approval from others. Surprisingly, adults have some of the same problems with fitting in because they succumb to peer pressure as well. (2)

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What if you feel like you don't fit in anywhere? 

Sometimes teens don't feel like they fit in anywhere and one way to try and fit in is to join clubs that interest you. Having a common interest with someone is a great way to start a friendship or maybe join their friend group. Not to mention you could try and be more opened minded, try to be interested in the same things they are and be happy. (4) 

Most importantly if you don't fit in, "so what", you will find someone out there that wants to be your friend. Don't give up and ignore the haters because they only hate themselves and not you. 

 

What does it mean to fit in? 

According to the dictionary, fitting in means: to feel that you belong to a particular group and are accepted by that group(5) 

In my opinion, fitting in can be important to teenagers, but just having a couple loyal friends is worth more than fitting into a larger group. Changing your behaviour around different groups could be very dangerous since your other friends could feel betrayed, so I do not recommend that method of fitting in. Do you think fitting in is important or do you feel like you automatically fit in? 

Overall, fitting in shouldn't be the most important thing in a teenagers life because changing your behaviour, clothing and personality isn't the right way to make more friends. People should like you for who you truly are.  

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Survey

Please take my survey because it will help me figure out what teens in butterfly effect like to wear. The link is attached below. 

http://www.pa-mojabutterfly.co...s-while-others-don-t 

 

What I Plan To Do Next Research Round

On my third round of research, I plan to examine: Peer Pressure and Bullying. 

Does peer pressure and bullying have an effect on how teens dress?

Does bullying make people try to dress better?

How does bullying effect how teens try to look better besides clothing?

 

 

 

 

 

Citations

1. https://www.psychologytoday.co...-exactly-her-friends

2. http://www.selfgrowth.com/arti...nting_To_Fit_In.html

3. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi...02673843.2013.866148

4. https://www.liveabout.com/how-...lly-accepted-3196426

5. https://dictionary.cambridge.o...onary/english/fit-in

 

Please feel free to comment and I'd appreciate it if you took my survey! 

Original Post

Hey Lauren! 

This is really interesting research! I often think about this concept of "fitting in" when I see girls in school all dressing the same way, speaking the same way, doing their hair the same way, and essentially trying to emulate each other. This makes me wonder what is more valued in our society: blending in, or being individualistic. What do you think about this? I'd love to hear your opinion!

Here's a link which may help with your research: 

http://study.com/academy/lesso...essure-bullying.html

Good luck!  

Hey Lauren , great research round! I like how informative and organized it was ! Being honest, whenever there is a certain piece of clothing or a shoe that is "in" I honestly don't feel the need to buy it unless I actually like it for how it looks, not because of how popular it is.  I personally don't like following trends unless I like it because to me it just doesn't feel right to wear to exact same thing as the rest of world. Here's an article I found about bullying and how people dress:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new...lied-appearance.html 

Hope this helps!

 

Hi Lauren, 

This is a great round of research and I like how clear and organized it is, making it intriguing and easy for readers to understand. I also enjoyed how you included quotations of teen girls to demonstrate the reality and truth of society nowadays and how, if you want to be popular, you have to be like everyone else. This concept is frightening if you ask me, because many people are scared of being different and basically ties with the fear of being judged. This is a topic I would suggest focusing more on, because it's a constant fear every single person in school probably has. Hope this helps!

Hi Lauren,

Wanting to fit in is something that nearly everyone experiences and I like how you've looked at it from different angles, not just physical looks, but also friend groups and societal views and self-expression. I think that individualism has become more and more popular although i think it takes a lot of courage for someone to be different because, regarding ur next post, there will always be people who try to bully others for being different or not fitting in. I always thought that people are mean to others because they are insecure about themselves so I'm wondering if that might have some connection with the bullies themselves wanting to fit in? Looking forward to your next post! 

Here is a journal on the psychology of bullying and self-esteem that might help in ur next post

https://www.apa.org/pubs/journ...ses/amp-a0038929.pdf 

-Rachel

Hi Lauren! 

 I thought your research was really interesting. For a topic like this it's very beneficial to have a survey because a lot of it is based on opinion. 

 If you're looking at bullying and peer pressure next, I have a few suggestions. If you want to stick specifically to how it influences appearance, I think you have a pretty clear idea of where you're going, and that's good. Peer pressure also influences other aspects of teenage life, like relationships, substance abuse, self-esteem, etc, so if you wanted to branch off and look at that then that's something to consider. 

 Good luck!  

Hey Lauren,

I really liked your research, because I feel it applies to  a lot of us. Most of us probably agree with what you are saying in this round, because I know I do.  People will try to fit in, because they are scared of what might happen if they are seen as different than everyone else, and this might lead to bullying.

Here are some links on bullying and peer pressure:

http://kidshealth.org/en/teens/peer-pressure.html

https://www.masskids.org/index...what-causes-bullying

http://www.bullyingstatistics....do-people-bully.html

http://www.safeteens.org/relationships/peer-pressure/ 

Hey Lauren,

I enjoyed reading about this as it is a topic that many individuals (specifically pop stars) have been tending to focus on in recent times. I especially love how you give your own opinion at the end of all the research (one that I agree strongly with).

I think that maybe you could enhance this by going onto social media and scanning through the comments for evidence of your research. Maybe checking instagram would be beneficial. Regardless, I love the work you've produced and anticipate seeing more.

Good luck and good job,
-Joanna

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