What is Socializing?
Socialization, according to MacIver, “is the process by which social beings establish wider and profounder relationships with one another, in which they become more bound up with, and moa perceptive of the personality of themselves and of others and build up the complex structure of nearer and wider association.”
Kimball Young writes, “Socialization will mean the process of inducting the individual into the social and cultural world; of making him a particular member in society and its various groups and inducting him to accept the norms and values of that society…. Socialization is definitely a matter of learning and not of biological inheritance.”
It is through the process of socialization that the new born individual is moulded into a social being and men find their fulfillment within society. Man becomes what he is by socialization. Bogardus defines socialization as the “process of working together, of developing group responsibility, of being guided by the welfare needs of others.”
According to Ogburn, “Socialization is the process by which the individual learns to conform to the norms of the group.” Ross defined socialization as “the development of the we feeling in associates and their growth in capacity and will to act together.” Through the process of socialization the individual becomes a social person and attains personality.
Gillin and Gillin write, “By the term ‘socialization’ we mean the process by which individual develops into a functioning member of the group according to its standards, conforming to its modes, observing its traditions and adjusting himself to the social situations.” Socialization is the process whereby the individual acquires the conventional patterns of human behaviour.
According to Lundberg, socialization consists of the “complex processes of interaction through which the individual learns the habits, skills, beliefs and standards of judgment that are necessary for his effective participation in social group and communities.” “Socialization is a learning that enables the learner to perform social roles.”
According to Green, “Socialization is the process by which the child acquires a cultural content, along with selfhood and personality”.According to Horton and Hunt, “Socialization is the process whereby one internalizes the norms of his groups, so that a distinct “self” emerges, unique to this individual.” H. T. Mazumdar defines socialization as “the process whereby original nature is transformed into human nature and the individual into person.”
Every man tries to adjust himself to the condition and environment predominantly determined bythe society of which he is a member. If he fails to do so, he becomes a social deviant and is brought back into line by the efforts of the group of which he is a member. This process of adjustment may be termed socialization. It is the opposite of individualization. It is a process of the expansion of the self. It develops in him the community feeling.
Why Socializing is important today?
In an earlier post, we have seen what is the definition of Socializing by some experts. Saying in simpler terms , socializing is to interact with outer world and people outside from your home. Socializing is making friends with people. Hanging out with them, share and discuss stuffs with them. Though people are not socializing anymore. They are spending time more on virtual media than real friends. We thought to give those people 10 reasons that would suggest why socializing is important.
Friends and Network of Peoples
You have a good and great friend circle that really cares for you and you have a great time hanging out with them. You can share and solve problems easily. With a good network of people where everybody knows somebody, you can figure out ways from problems more easily than a loner.
Your presence is awaited
Sitting back in a room and thinking how lonely a life is, is disturbing thought. Instead a good social group will give all the importance you deserve. Your presence will be awaited there at gatherings and meetings.
You are never lonely
Sitting alone in your home is the worst feeling one could ever encounter. This can lead to depression. With socializing you ensure that you are never really lonely and have a great circle of friends.
You build contacts from your social group.
This is really important. If you are active in social groups or have friends, you can build contacts and meet new people everyday.
You will learn more about the world and people.
With a large group of friends and contacts, obviously you will be learning much more about the world and would have more experience in dealing things.
You let go your shyness
If you are socializing enough, there is no room for shyness which is a good thing. If you are comfortable in front of strangers and unknown people it is a good sign. It means you can handle any situation and any people far more better than those people who are shy in nature.