Millennials are taking a turn toward a new discipline: sociology.
That’s because they’re finding that a major part of their learning experiences is about understanding others.
Sociology is a field that studies social and cultural phenomena, like race, class and gender.
A professor at the University of California at Berkeley told ABC News that she thinks that students are starting to look at their social and political views and think about them as part of the “social” process.
So how do they make sense of that?
“It’s really a question of making sense of yourself,” said Dr. Elizabeth Gee, a professor of sociology at the university.
“Do you believe you are more likely to have a positive outlook on the world or do you think you are going to be more pessimistic?”
Gee said she thinks it’s a combination of both.
“One thing I find with this field is that we’re often surprised by how much we’re missing out,” she said.
“I think a lot of the social scientists and philosophers are looking for something that’s not really there.”
Sociology professor Dr. Michael E. Siegel and his colleagues found that the students they surveyed were more likely than the general public to consider themselves “positive,” and “positively informed,” and more likely, in fact, to describe themselves as “socialists.”
That’s important because that’s how a lot, if not most, of our social interaction takes place, and so if a lot or a lot and a lot are negative, you’re going to have less than optimal outcomes.
“What that tells us is that a lot more of us don’t really understand that we are interacting with people and that we have an impact on the social world,” Siegel said.
But that’s also the problem.
Because a lot is going on in the world, and the people that you’re interacting with can have different views of things, Siegel added.
For example, in one study, a student was asked to read an essay that was about race.
She found herself thinking about how people are perceived in the United States, but also how she might be perceived by a black person in Canada.
So she thought about how she’d respond to a question from the professor who had the answer.
“That’s when she realized that it wasn’t an answer she was looking for, it was an observation that she was making,” Sinker said.
That observation was that, “We don’t get to choose our own perceptions of people in this country.”
It’s important to note that Siegel is not suggesting that black people are more prone to view themselves as less positive.
He says that there are a lot fewer negative stereotypes than white people.
That means it’s not that black and white people are intrinsically more negative than one another.
But the fact that we don’t see the other side of that is not good for any social interaction.
“A lot of people, they’re not necessarily conscious of the fact they’re thinking about themselves and the world,” Gee told ABC.
“We are constantly reminded of how our perceptions and beliefs shape our world view.
So we need to recognize that we can do better than that.
So I think that’s a major area of study, and that’s something that I would think is going to continue to grow.”
The most recent survey, which surveyed 8,500 people between 18 and 30, found that they were most likely to describe their views on race, gender, income, political affiliation and social class as “positive.”
Sociologists agree that the more we understand about the world around us, the more comfortable we’ll be with our beliefs, and how that affects us in society.
And because those beliefs and ideas are shaped by the world we live in, they tend to be shaped by how we view others, and what those people have to say.
“It is not just an academic discipline, it is an everyday one, and it’s going to become more and more influential in the way we live our lives,” Sinkersaid.
The survey also found that most of the people surveyed were looking for a way to help themselves, rather than what they could get out of studying sociology.
They were more than likely to identify as feminists and liberal.
“Most of us are not very politically aware, and we really don’t have a lot to offer,” Sank said.
They also found themselves more likely in general to be supportive of the military and its efforts to address domestic violence and racism.
“If you look at all of these things, I think we are all looking for things that are going toward making us a better person,” Sike said.
It’s not all good news, however.
For one, it’s still a fairly new field, and while there is some research showing that it’s working, it still needs to be done properly.
“When we do our surveys, we’re looking for some kind of a way of measuring, and I think it’s the biggest challenge that we face,” Gail said. So what