February 25, 2012
Social groups are everywhere. A social group is made up of individuals who share a common interest as well as similar beliefs, behaviors, feelings, and thoughts. The members of social groups usually have regular contact with each other and find comfort in this contact. Becoming part of a group is part of the socialization process, which begins at birth. I, myself, belong to many different social groups. I go to a high school, where my friends and I have our own group; I am part of the Keith family, and volunteer at the animal shelter.
There are many different types of social groups in my school. Social groups, in school, give teens a feeling of loyalty and allegiance beyond family. They are the only thing that is not adult controlled in our lives. children learn to form relationships on their own. Peer groups also offer the chance to discuss interests that adults may not share with their children such as clothing styles and popular music or things that they aren’t allowed to talk about, such as drugs and sex. Also, we can make our own decisions and express ourselves in ways that reflect our own personal style. Everyday kids in schools encounter many different types of social groups. In school, all sports, clubs, and activities are maintained by peer groups. These are groups of people that are around the same age that have the same amount of power divided equally among its members. Members of a particular peer group often have similar interests and backgrounds, bonded by the premise of sameness.
Another group that teens encounter at school is a clique. Whether a person is part of one or many, they provide a sense of belonging. A clique is defined as a group of people that have many of the same interests and most of the time they have a name and rules for themselves. Members of a clique interact with each other more regularly and intensely than others. They like to be with each other outside of school and do unstructured...