Saturday, 8 August 2015

Motivation and peer pressure.

A beautiful Welsh poppy.
One of my favourite flowers.

Motivation and peer pressure.

Odysseus faced the peril of the Sirens and their irresistible song.
He told his men to fill their ears with wax so they would not be tempted by the music,
and to tie him to the mast so he could hear it,
but be restrained from submitting to the temptation to steer closer to the fatal rocks…

A casual stroll through a students’ union bar on any week night will tell you peer pressure
is one of the most powerful influencers out there. Peer pressure is at its most visible and visceral when it comes to drinking alcohol. Just try ordering a glass of water when out with the rugby club.

In schools, peer pressure is just as visceral. Whether it is a force for good or ill depends.
Where it pressurises kids into bullying or by standing, disrupting lessons or disrespecting teachers,
it can be monstrously damaging. Where it creates a virtuous circle of friendly competition, encouragement, hard work and useful revision, it’s a big, friendly giant.
Where it tips over into unhealthy competition, sleepless nights and agonising stress over grades,
it’s just as dangerous a beast.

How do we harness the daunting power of peer pressure,
especially when it comes to motivation, willpower and self-control?

Thaler and Sunstein explain:
‘Problems arise when people must make decisions that test their capacity for self-control.
Self-control issues are most likely when choices and consequences are separated in time.
Costs are borne immediately, but benefits are delayed. On the other hand, for some things
we get the pleasure now and suffer the consequences later.’

This sounds to me exactly like the decision that pupils have: ‘do I make the costly effort to work hard now for some hazy, eventual, potential future? Or do I have fun, muck about and disrupt the lesson, earning street cred now from my peers, which pays off right away?’ 
The options of effort exertion and lesson disruption have opposite reward profiles: the first has immediate costs and delayed benefits; the second has instant benefits and delayed costs.

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