The New Zealand Oxford dictionary defines conformity as accordance with established practise and agreement suitability. Conformity comes with many advantages and disadvantages. Conformity exists so people don’t feel left out. It also comes with many dangers such as losing your logic and forgetting whether what you’re doing is good or bad. An advantage of conformity is feeling that you’re not alone. You feel accepted and a part of a group where will nobody will judge you. An example of this is Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party.
Hitler influenced fellow Germans and Austrian’s that Jews needed to be killed off and did not deserve to live, as well as homo-sexuals, gypsies, anyone mentally or physically handy-capped, communists and blacks. He conformed a group of at least 46% of the German population to fight against these groups. Another advantage is school uniform, when everyone is dressed the same. Others cannot go dissing their peers on whether they wear the same clothes each day or don’t have the newest top. This way there is no battles between teachers and students regarding what’s appropriate and what’s not.
School uniforms can install a sense of discipline and self-control just like in the movie ‘The Wave’. The class goes from mufti to a plain white shirt and jeans to represent themselves as a group; and to stand out and separate themselves from others. A major advantage in conformity is success and confidence. By conforming and copying others you feel a rush of success which helps you to gain confidence in yourself, by dressing and acting the way your peers do. You feel like you’re starting to fit in, so you become a lot more confident when you are around them.
Trends start, and you begin to conform making you feel a lot better about yourself. Conformity in the 1950’s was how new trends became ‘it’. One person needs to start doing something and eventually it becomes known. It can begin with a new pair of shoes, a dress-code, or even a music genre. An example of this is in the movie ‘Mean Girls’. Cady moves to a school in America originally being home-schooled in Africa. She joins the popular group at school who are referred to as ‘The Plastics’. She learns that to stay in their group she has to conform to them, such as only being