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The Destructive Influence of Imaginary Peers(good read, MSM creates fake peer pressure and u can 2) ^ | 3/27/2013 | TINA ROSENBERG

Posted on 03/28/2013 3:07:07 PM PDT by longtermmemmory

We humans irrationally think we’re rational. We think that we decide how to behave by weighing the pros and cons. In reality, the strongest influence on our decisions is the example of the people around us — even, oddly enough, when they are imaginary.


It seems that almost anything you would want to nag people about can be more effectively done by instead telling them how much everyone else is doing the right thing. If you want young people to vote, don’t tell them how many people aren’t voting. Tell them how many are. Safe sex, anyone? Hand washing? School attendance?


Why isn’t this idea more widely used? One reason is that it can be controversial. Telling college students “most of you drink moderately” is very different than saying “don’t drink.” (It’s so different, in fact, that the National Social Norms Institute, with headquarters at the University of Virginia, gets its money from Anheuser Busch — a decision that has undercut support for the idea of social norming). The approach angers people who lobby for a strong, unmuddied message of disapproval — even though, of course, disapproval doesn’t reduce bad behavior, and social norming does.

Cialdini thinks that the idea hasn’t caught on more widely because it works underneath our conscious radar. “People don’t see themselves as easily influenced by those around them,” he said. When he asks people what would make them change, they rank “what my peers are doing” dead last. But when he tests what really works, it comes in first. Following the crowd is primal. “You don’t have to change the social norm,” said Haines. “You just have to show people what it is.”

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: left; legislation; marriage; msm; sourcetitlenoturl
read this with an eye to the recent manipulation of the courts with these fake republicans "changing" their views on marriage. By creating the illusion of peers, the MSM in essence goebles opinion into normal is what they say is normal de jour.

In essence this is by makine everyone a subject of "some say" as the media state.

The medium is the message...

1 posted on 03/28/2013 3:07:07 PM PDT by longtermmemmory
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To: longtermmemmory

This is actually a very good article that shows how easy it is to manipulate behavior by appealing to peer pressure, whether or not the “peers” really exist.

2 posted on 03/28/2013 4:33:43 PM PDT by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: VanShuyten

I think that is what is going on with the msm. They are manufacturing a trend saying EVERYONE (who?) is joining the pro-homo deviants.

3 posted on 03/29/2013 2:31:23 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! and
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