How does social loafing cause conformity?i am doing psychology in year 11, and my text book isnt really explicit about it, i already know what social loafing IS, but i dont know how conformity and...

How does social loafing cause conformity?

i am doing psychology in year 11, and my text book isnt really explicit about it, i already know what social loafing IS, but i dont know how conformity and social loafing are related. thankyou :P

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To help you understand the connection, think about the definition of conformity.  Conformity is when a person adapts their behaviors or their thoughts to fit those of their group.  Social loafing can cause conformity since it encourages the individual to match the group's behavior.

In social loafing, individuals do less work than they would on their own.  In other words, they stop acting in the way that they are inclined to act and instead start to act in the way that they believe the group would act.  They all start to act in the same ways as the other group members.

Social loafing causes individuals to do less work than they are inclined to do and, instead, to do the same amount of work as others in the group.  In this way, social loafing leads to conformity.

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