Social Comparison is the evaluation of one’s abilities in comparison with those of others’.
Social comparison is something that we do on a daily basis. One example in my life is how intelligent I feel in comparison with others. When I am with my friends they often comment on how smart I am, and it makes me feel smart. When I am with my younger sister who is considered a genius, I feel very unintelligent. Compared to her I often feel stupid and out of my depth.
This is an example of social comparison because how I evaluate my intelligence in comparison with others’, and that evaluation changes based on whom I am comparing myself to.