The Agents of Socializaton
My family socialized me in many ways. One way was moving me to 3 different schools within about 2 years. I went to kindergarten and first grade in Newark. I then moved and started 2nd grade at Watkins Elementary, and in the middle of second grade, right after Christmas, we moved to Gahanna. It was hard for me because as a younger child i was very shy and having to repeatedly make new friends helped build my social skills because now ill talk to just about anyone.
My parents taught me to have manners; say please and thank you, hold the door for people, say yes ma'am/no ma'am, and yes sir/no sir. My grandpa also taught me to always sit with my legs crossed when wearing a dress or skirt. I was taught to share, and respect my elders. My grandparents taught me not to lie, and to have self-respect. My parents also taught me things like waiting in line when we go to amusement parks, water parks, stores, etc., and that I wont always get what I want or have things "my way". I've always been told its better to give than to receive, especially on Christmas and Thanksgiving.
I think school is probably one of the biggest factors in my life that has helped socialize me. It's helped me make friends through different classes, athletic events, and school wide events. Moving to different schools as many times as I did also helped me become more social because I was forced to make friends at every new place. In almost everything you do at school you have to be involved in some way so being able to communicate with others is very important. Teachers have helped me become more social by putting me in groups with new people in class, reading aloud, etc. Assigning homework every night helped me become more responsible because i knew i had to get it done in order to keep my grades up to play softball, which is another thing that has helped me become more socialized. Having the opportunity to be a part of a high school athletic program is an unbelievable experience. Being able to play with so many girls that you know have your back and you can count on no matter what is one of the best feelings. Knowing that we're one big family is something that is irreplaceable.
My friends have helped socialize me in many ways. I've made tons of new friends over the years playing softball. I've been able to make new friends through the friends i already know. I also have countless friends that I've been able to grow up with. The longer i know them it seems like the more and more similar we become because were around each other so much that we start saying the same things, liking the same things, and having similar personalities. We also tend to have the same group of friends and people we hang out with. There's also those people that none of us like or get along with which i think if one person doesn't like them then the rest of us are influenced to dislike that person also. We also tend to have I've done so many new and crazy things with my friends that i will never forgot. They've introduced me to new ideas, different activities, and a bunch of new people.
I think mass media is a huge part of today's society. I believe it has greatly influenced me, as well as the lives of many others. The media puts ideas in our heads that influence us to go certain places, buy certain things, or wear certain clothes because it's "cool" or "trending". Many people, myself included, are typically influenced by the propaganda provided by the media, making them feel more like a part of the "in crowd", and more sociable in the community.
I think media has socialized me to a large extent. Many forms of media have made me more social, more responsible, and more independent. They've also opened up my eyes a little bit and helped me accept society as it is. After watching certain tv shows over the years has helped me decide what i want to go to college for. Softball obviously being a huge part of my life, I've always watched it on tv and I've learned so much from watching players at the collegiate level that I've used it to make myself better.