The social impact theory suggests that the total impact of other people on an individual depends on three characteristics of the observers, or the sources of influence. One, as the number of observers increases, so does their impact. If there are more observers, there is more pressure on the person being observed. The statuses and ages of the observers and their relationships to the observed, also has an impact. For example, if the observers are made up of a group of professors, performance might improve. The immediacy of the audience may also impact the group. Whether the performance is via video, through a mirrored glass, or face to face, the impact on the individual might differ. A researcher named Latane’ believed that the social impact theory can help explain why the presence of others sometimes lead to social facilitation and other times to Losses and Gains of working in groups. In Losses and Gains of working in groups situations, each individual is only one of several targets of forces coming from outside the group. In social facilitation, the individual is the sole target of influence from an audience or from co-workers. Group settings also tend to develop group polarization. This is a group-produced enhancement of members’ preexisting tendencies. Group polarization refers to the tendency for a group to make decisions that are more extreme than the initial inclination of its members.
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