An experiment featured in Scientific American reached a conclusion that says people conform because its uncomfortable being the “odd” person in the room.
Plain and simple: If there is an obvious red balloon in the room, but everyone else says its pink, you’re going to say its pink too. Why? Because you’re a chicken, that’s why.
To prove the point, the experiment consisted of a group who was shown three lines, and asked to choose lines that were comparable or identical. 99% of the participants chose what they were supposed to choose – “the wrong answer” – because after all, they had one thing in common: they were actors.
But the one real person, who had no idea that the others were in cahoots with the experiment, and knew for a fact that their answer was wrong, STILL CHOSE IT!
See the video below. Can you see yourself in this “odd man out” situation. Be honest now. And let’s go a bit deeper: Do you go along with the crowd versus standing on your own. Why? No judgment here. Your logic can help others.
Thanks to Salon.com for this information