BY BENNET AMOAH
MAY 3, 2020
The primary, most powerful and simple way to identify oneself is through interactions,
as friends, family, co-workers, and even strangers. These interactions
have different meanings to
people. The way one sees one thing may be different from how others see it. Several sociologists
have researched into the nature and impact of these interactions to social identification.
George Simmel, a german sociologist and a philosopher explored his work on human
interaction and the impact the number of people in a group have on social interaction. In his studies,
the meaning of dyad and triad. He compared these two to how we live with others,
communicating with others and how it shapes us in the society. Dyad according to him is the most
basic form of human interaction. It involves two people. These can be seen in a relationship or
couples. A triad is adding another person to the group to form or create human interaction. This is
three people in a group. Adding one more person to dyad creates a coalition between the group
compared to just two people.
Communication is better in dyad than triad especially with emotions.
Simmel identified that in traid there was a wide variety of human interaction compared to dyad.
Sociologists like Bibb latane and John darley, sociologists in the 1960’s who also became
interested in the study of seize of groups and human interaction came up with a phenomenon called
social loafing. Social loafing is the phenomenon where a person exerts less efforts to achieve a goal
when working in a group than to working alone. This situation occurs when one is lazy, when he or
she lacks understanding of individual contributions, unchallenging tasks, low personal satisfaction
and lack of unity in the group. Latane and Darley’s case study about the stabbed woman in New
York city in 1964 suggest that 38 residents were in close proximity when the incident occured. They
heard loud screaming but nobody responded to the incident. In their conclusion they believed that
someone else would respond. In Other words the larger the group, the less likely each member in