Peers are not always good for you

Do We Always Follow The Crowd? Some Surprising Evidence from Peer Savings Information

My two best friends in high school were very high achievers. I was not quite at their level in my freshman and sophomore years – I chose to prioritize sports, endless reruns of The Simpsons, and eating too much ice cream over schoolwork and extracurricular activities. But eventually, their influence drove me to push myself harder in and out of the classroom. My experience aligns with a number of studies in social psychology, behavioral economics, and related fields, which document our tendency to be strongly affected by the behaviors and decisions of our peers. ….[READ]

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