Clothing Impact on Social Interactions Essay

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Does Clothing Have an Impact on Social Interactions: An Observational Study in the Classroom      There are many reasons why we choose to wear a particular article or style of clothing. Many of us consider our choice in clothing as an extension of our identity. While many others pick items from their wardrobe that reflect their current mood. There are also many times when we choose to dress a certain way in anticipation of being in a particular social setting. Even people who don’t seem to bother with matching clothes or wearing a designer label or walk around wearing clothes that are torn and dirty, are making a statement. What remains to be examined is whether or not there is a clear relationship between the…show more content…
As dress is important in the job setting, social setting, and even consumer setting, the participation of students in class as well as their relationship with their professors has a strong impact on their success in college. It for this reason that the following study is worth examining and has much relevance to the human world. Its possible implications may also give helpful strategies for current and prospective classroom students to better succeed in their studies. Method Participants and Study Design      Undergraduate students in the general education requirement class for Literature participated in this study. The class was selected as it was currently being taken by each of the researchers and was felt to be a class that heavily relied on class participation. The study was conducted during a regular class meeting and consisted of 92 students assigned to one of two groups (n = 1) for those dressed up and those dressed down (n = 2). Dressed up was operationally defined as a student wearing dress pants, khakis, skirts, suits, dress shirts, sweaters and no sneakers. Dressed down was operationally defined as jeans, sweats, t-shirts, etc… For this study there were 35 students grouped as dressed up and 57 as dressed down.      Each participant was also categorized as male (n = 1) or female (n = 2). This study had 35 males and 57 females. Of the
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