Explain in 30-50 words how you came to that question (how did the conversations and resources help give shape to that question?)
In an article I came across, the fact that technology has created peer pressure amongst of people was mentioned and I found it very relevant to our age group. The exact phrase it used was “join or lose” and I thought it was a feeling that most of us would understand quite well in consideration of how our friendships depend so much on social media. It also gave examples other than teenagers such as politicians and companies etc.
How does this question invite further dialogue? What 2-3 issues do you think people would need to consider to fully consider that question?
- How simple the process could be, it may just be person A didn’t tag person B in a photo on Instagram or anything as small as that.
- The cause of the problem is usually unintentional but the effect can have a long term effect on the feeling on someone else.
- When it is intentional, would it count as cyberbullying?
- The victim wouldn’t confront/talk to person A, which makes the situation worse as they will just keep on feeling insecure about themselves and no one is there to reassure them.
Which 1-2 logical fallacies would we need to avoid during that conversation? What makes you think so?
Personal incredulity – Merely because some don’t find this a severe issue (bc they’re not affected) does not mean no one suffers from digital peer pressure.
Bandwagon – It happens so often so it must be normal.
Lastly in 2-3 sentences, what makes this question relevant? (why should 9th graders be thinking about it right now?)
In our age group, so much of our life is dependant on social media. By feeling insecure because of this ‘peer pressure’, this may affect the wellbeing of individuals which will affect their day to day life. Eg. the fear of missing out can lead to someone being tensed up all the time and not able to relax until they are reassured that they’re all up to date. It’s relevant because everyone in our grade would’ve had this feeling at some point in their life and can all understand how it makes someone feel.