Example Of A Reference Group Essay

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Austin Roney 9/24/15 In today’s society there are greater pressures to “fit in” than ever before. Constant social media access has led to even greater “FOMO” (Fear of missing out). One of the biggest influences on how kids see themselves is a reference group. A reference group is a group that helps us understand our position in society relative to other groups (Conley, 161). Originally I am from Middleburgh, a small farm town with a population of approximately 3,500 people. When I was younger I played premier soccer out in the Albany area, a vast majority of the kid I played with all went to much larger suburban schools. Many times this caused me to feel jealousy towards them because I felt as if I was handed the short end of the stick
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