A study by psychology professors at the University of Queensland and the University, Belfast, has found that the trend is growing faster than predicted.
The findings, published in the journal Psychological Science, suggest that there is a new trend in the way people use social media and other technologies, which is “encouraging” them to conform to norms and behaviour.
“We have to start taking some actions to change our behaviour, whether that is by changing our habits, or whether it is changing our way of thinking,” says Professor Tim Wilson, one of the authors of the study.
“The key is that you don’t want to get too caught up in what people are doing, because it’s not just about them.
It’s about how they behave in their behaviour.”
The authors analysed over 400,000 tweets, Facebook posts and comments from US users between January 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017, which were analyzed using a wide range of social media tools, including Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube.
The researchers found that more than half of the tweets were negative, and that one-third of the posts contained content that was threatening, abusive or threatening.
“A lot of people use these platforms to express themselves, but I think what they’re doing is actually creating a situation where it’s easier for them to express their views, or to threaten people,” says Wilson.
The study also found that “social conformity” is increasingly perceived to be a positive trait in a number of countries, including the UK and Germany.
The authors say this is because many people are looking for an easy way to express the ideas and opinions they have.
They suggest that this “conformist behaviour” may be a way of being “more successful” and gaining support from their peers.
The trend is increasing rapidly in Western societies.
In the US, for example, the number of people who say they have followed a particular person’s account has risen by two-thirds since 2016.
The UK also reported an increase in the number who have followed people in their own name and in the name of a family member or friend.
The rise is also seen in countries like the US and the UK, where “convention-based behaviour” has replaced “personalised, individual behaviour”.
Prof Wilson says that people may feel that the “conventional way” of expressing their views is “getting harder to maintain”.
But “conforming” in its current form “isn’t actually a good way to do it”.
The authors point out that this is partly because “conventions are hard to enforce”.
They suggest instead that social media platforms are “more conducive to the emergence of social conformity” by enabling people to “convert their identities and their thoughts into their social media posts and comment”.
The study has also found a rise in positive connotations around conformity, which may be driven by the “social norm-breaking” nature of social networks.
“Conforming behaviours can often have social consequences,” says Prof Wilson.
“People are responding to the social norm-breakers who are promoting conformity.
They’re promoting conformity that may be socially unacceptable.”
It is important to note, however, that this increase in conforming behaviour was not seen across all social media.
In fact, the researchers found “a trend towards increasing conformity”, but this was not statistically significant.
“What we see is people are responding more strongly to certain groups,” says Dr Julia Latham, an expert in social media behaviour at the Centre for Applied Ethics at the Australian National University.
“They’re responding more to a subset of people that they perceive as conforming.”
It’s important to remember that “converting identities and thoughts into social media” is not a new phenomenon.
It has been used for millennia in order to conform and reinforce social order.
The modern conforming movement, on the other hand, has been created by technology, and has its origins in the internet age, when people were more isolated.
Dr Latham says that while “conversions” are not new, the social media trends that have emerged since the advent of social networking platforms are unique.
“Social media has enabled people to share information and make comments and post and share information in a way that hasn’t been possible before,” she says.
What the researchers are proposing is that social norms are increasingly being shaped by technology. “
It’s a really interesting phenomenon and it’s happening now, in a very new way.”
What the researchers are proposing is that social norms are increasingly being shaped by technology.
In some cases, these are “conforms” that are made “by social media”, says Prof Latham.
“If we want to promote social conformity, we need to start thinking about what social norms actually are.”
The researchers say the “growing trend in conformity is important for our understanding of how norms change over time, and it is also a reminder of the importance of understanding and supporting social norms”.