Social conformance and its effect on safety in aviation



Humans live in a society and it affects the way we function. Culturally, societies have different expectations from various groups and the members of the society. How is aviation safety affected by societies and social conformance, is discussed in the article?



Humans are capable of living alone but few choose to do so. Thus virtually all-human activities like working, learning, worshiping, relaxing, playing, etc. occur in groups. Groups can range from two members to thousands. The members of the group are linked to each other in a network or society. The famous book by Elliot Aronson called “The Social Animal” talks of society and humans as social animals. It states that this is something intrinsic to their nature and that it precedes the individual. The author further claims that humans are conformists and that most would often avoid a dispute with others in society. Conformity, as defined in the book “The Social Animal” is the change in a person’s behavior or opinions as a result of real or imagined pressure from a person or a group of people.

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