There are several factors which influence a person’s identity one of which is the society. The thesis is that the society has a major influence since children are heavily influence by people who surround them and they try to imitate them. The language used in society is a critical aspect that shapes gender identity in children. In the learning process of a language, children separate masculine and feminine characteristics and tend to unconsciously adjust their behaviors towards these roles (Edwardson 2014). Competition for power and authority in society can also shape gender identity since gender is embedded both socially and economically in the society. Societal group such as peers and religious groups also shape the identity of a person since human being use this groups as reference points for their attitudes and behavior. Therefore, individuals tend not to act independently with original thoughts but they act as members of groups they identify with. Technology also has an impact on identities due to growth in internet and social media. Social media technology has expanded the social sphere influencing the behavior of a person since it allows individual to interact globally (Taylor, 2011). Therefore, the wave of identity in other countries is fast reaching other areas hence influencing the alignment of one’s attitudes and behavior. Based on the formation of the identity, I tend to relate with the dominant and subordinate groups. I admire the tendencies of dominant groups and their confidence in approaching career and social lives. Therefore, I see the dominant group as the group that shapes the economic and social matters of the country. However i also relate with the subordinate group since it offers a learning opportunity as it gives light on the other dimensions of social being.
Despite the subordinate group members being seen as the exception, the manner, in which they interact and identity with their counterparts and the dominant group members provides a learning opportunity as far as identify is concerned, Relating with both groups provides a balanced identify for whereby I pick the positive aspects from each group. Based on the works of Peggy Orenstein and Jim Taylor, social media has had a major impact on social identity. According to Peggy Orenstein, social media has changed they way in which individuals construct their identity. On Twitter or Facebook for example, an individual tries to express the reality about themselves. However, since the individual creates a profile for the consumption of other individuals, there a lot of imagination and extra addition of profile information (Orenstein, 2010). As a result, instead of taking chance to depict oneself truly, the individual end up creating some sort of performance. Coupled with the exposure to many social media friends, loss of insight emerges accompanied by lack of intimacy. According to Orenstein, this performance culture of packaged individuals erodes the relationships it purports to create hence alienating individuals from their identity. Jim Taylor, on the other hand, views the social media as externalizing self identity. First of all, popular culture does not give a chance for the children to evaluate and correct their self identities based on the realities of their lives it only portrays how identities of children should be. As a result, these children tend to shape their identities so that they may fall in line with the trending behaviors. They then promote these identities using the same platforms rather than embrace and express them as their true identities. Social media sites including Instagram and SnapChat reinforce the idea of dominant group since this is the group that dictates the conduct of social media users and they have a far reaching influencing. From the thesis, society has a major influence on self identity directly through influence from peers and indirectly through social media sites