group norms

Definition

Unspoken and often unwritten set of informal rules that govern individual behaviors in a group. Group norms vary based on the group and issues important to the group. Without group norms, individuals would have no understanding of how to act in social situations.

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  • The group norms were hard to break and only a real hero would be able to change the patterns engrained in all of us.

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  • My friends from the office and I go out almost every weekend and approach women to try to bring them back to the office for some fun, which I am told is outside of the group norms.

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  • You need to figure out what the group norms are and how you can market your product to get involved with them.

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