Keeping up with the Jones by Jamie Rhoten

Social Comparison is a tendency that we all have. Social Comparison is evaluating your abilities/opinions through comparing yourself to others. I think that children can be a great example of this. As this picture shows the little boy, who probably was excited to receive his treat of a Popsicle, became dissatisfied by evaluating his treat to the bigger ice cream treat of another.

While this is a simple example, it shows that until the boy compared his delight in his treat with another person did he become dissatisfied. When I was little I wanted to be Pocahontas for Halloween. I was excited when my mom got me an Indian costume. It wasn’t until I saw another girl wearing a real beautiful and expensive Pocahontas dress that I became angry. It through socially comparing myself with her that I became angry with my mom for getting me the ugly and cheap costume.

  1. #1 by kcalvarado1989 on June 5, 2012 - 8:23 PM

    Very cute example of the everyday occurrence of social comparison! I like how both of your examples were based on children or childhood experiences, I think the reaction of children is completely undiluted. An adult might look at someones ice cream or costume and start to justify or rationalize their inequality by saying, “She is going to get fat from eating that” or “His costume isn’t up to Starfleet regulations” A child will just come out and say, “gimme gimme gimme!”
    -Kim alvarado

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