Agents of Socialization

Hannah Zeltman


My family has greatly influenced my socialization. We have been taking family vacations to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina every other summer since I was three years old. This has taught me how to behave in the car on long car rides and how to respect other people's property when we stay in a condo or house. When my sisters and I went to Chicago in the summer we had to learn how to walk around in the city. There's a lot of people everywhere and we had to learn to adapt to the lifestyle. We also learned how to ride in a taxi. My grandma taught me life lessons and different things that will help me throughout life. She especially taught me to make sure that you always have some money saved in case something happened and to always treat people the way you want to be treated. Overall, my family also taught me to share, take turns, and respect others.


School is a very large part of socialization. One large thing that is a major part of school socialization is learning how to walk in the hallways. In really began in middle school when there were more people than elementary school and you had to stay on the right side of the hallway. Another major part of school was beginning to change classes. This made you really learn to stay on the right side of the hallway and not walk in the middle. A bell schedule also taught me how to have good time management and it made sure I was on time for classes. It also helped me get into a routine for not only school but other places that require a schedule.

peer groups

My peer groups have made a huge impact on my socialization. My swim team has made a huge impact on me. I've met so many friends through swimming and recently we've come so much closer since the passing of a teammate. They have socialized me by teaching me new things and learning to love the sport of swimming. Being a part of Link Crew at the high school has really taught me that everyone goes through high school differently. The freshman that have been in my group the past two years and helped me remember what it was like to be a freshman. Helping to socialize the freshman has really helped me become a leader. Lastly, my best friends from summer swimming have really helped me socialize. I have been swimming with them since I was little and they really taught me what competition was and how to deal with winning and losing.

Mass Media

Mass media is a huge part of socialization. Social media is a huge part of mass media that socializes people. Social media helps you connect with other people that you may not be able to see in person. It lets you share pictures and things that you are doing with other people from not only in your area, but around the world. Social media can also be used in a bad way and can get you in trouble or not get a job. The mass media also includes movies and television. Many people quote movies and television shows and if it's really popular, may people know what you're talking about. Movies and television shows can also introduce you to new things, some good or bad.

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