Category: Social Pressure and Appearance


I want to thank everyone who participated in my survey. Your participation has helped with my Research Methods 2 project, and help complete my senior year :).

So on to the good news. Not only do I appreciate you, my results were significant. The 3 hypotheses that I tested were :

1. Adolescents with high self-esteem do not feel social pressure on their appearance

2.Adolescents with high self-esteem are satisfied with the way their body looks

3. Social pressure influences body dissatisfaction

My results showed that:

1b. As social pressure increased, self-esteem decreased

2b. As self-esteem increased, body esteem increased

3b. As social pressure increased, body-esteem decreased

Thanks Again!!


Family members and peers transmit the thin ideal message to individuals in direct or indirect ways. Just simply having a conversation about what is in a magazine or on television can put ideas into an individual’s head that whatever that person is wearing is what they need to also wear to feel popular. With that said next time you comment on what someone is wearing whether you mean to or not think about what you say and who you say it to. You never know who may be feeling like they are unpopular because they don’t look like someone else.


I have previously talked about social pressure being a form of bullying in another post. The more I read about children and adolescents being bullied at school or home I started to wonder what was the cause of the bullying. I started to think about how far people will go to get away from social pressures to have the thinnest body or the pretty face. Depression and eating disorders are results of accepting social pressure. I also couldn’t help but wonder if sometime in the distant future there could be classes to help children and adolescents deal with social pressure (bullying). Could there be classes for parents to help them teach their children to love who they are regardless of what others may think, and encourage them to speak up when they are being bullied?  Just my thoughts

As you can see my blog is about social pressure and appearance. This year I am taking research methods II in which I have conducted a study to see if self-esteem, body image and views toward appearance are based on social pressure. My survey is posted on Hanover’s Psychological Research page. I am including the link in the hopes of you all taking the survey. Thanks in advance.

I recently had to do an assignment in my psych of addictions class where we had to pick a movie that showed addiction and write a reflection. I chose the movie Thirteen, which was about a thirteen year old female who was a good student, friend and daughter that turned into the complete opposite. After reflecting on the movie, I noticed that not only did it have addiction, but it also showed the effects of social pressure on appearance. This 13 year old female named Tracy started hanging out with this girl named Evie, and she teased her about what she was wearing, and how she acted. The pressure that Tracy received from Evie to be like her if she wanted to fit in, changed her to a alcohol, and drug user who also stole. This movie made me wonder if bullying is a factor of social pressure? Just my thoughts, I highly recommend watching this movie to try and see what I saw and form your own opinoins.

Media Pressure

Here is the link to a brief article that explains what media pressure is, where will you find media pressure, how it affects you and how to avoid it. I think it is helpful and can bring awareness to the issue.

Boys also think about Body image

Here is an article that shows that girls are not the only ones who care about their appearance. Boys also care about what they look like and what others think.

Appearance Poll

Did you know that girls as young as 6 years old has the desire for thinness?

Shomaker, L.B., & Furman, W. (2007). Same-sex peers’ influence on young women’s body

image: An experimental manipulation. Journal of Social & Clinical Psychology, 26(8), 871-895.

My goal is to inform others about how social pressure can affect the way a person feels about themselves.