Are our peers always a font of wisdom and good advice?
Pressure is defined as force per unit area and when the force from a group, or a group of peers, is directed at a single individual that creates a lot of pressure on the individual. Only the individual is aware of it, whilst each member of the group is oblivious. Their actions are lost in the crowd.
In science peer review is seen as the gold standard. If something has been peer-reviewed it has more kudos. I myself have doubts about this practice because implicit in this process is a normative force for conformity. But it is common and widely accepted practice.
If we don’t like the mores and ethos of a society, we are forced by carrot and stick in the direction of these. That fear of missing out is the stick of exclusion, the carrot is of acceptance and being Kool and the Gang. It is by this simple method that a lot of peer pressure is applied.
We may be largely unaware of our own efforts in getting people to conform and comply. We may be lost in the crowd of people so doing. We may apply the tut-tut-tut machine gun ourselves to anyone who has the audacity to err from the norm.
So here is a very simple question:
Have I ever pressurized anyone to conform?
Why did I do that?