1. Education

Discuss in my forum

What Is Social Loafing?

By , black-rose-bielefeld.de Guide

Definition:

Social loafing describes the tendency of individuals to put forth less effort when they are part of a group. Because all members of the group are pooling their effort to achieve a common goal, each member of the group contributes less than they would if they were individually responsible.

For example, imagine that your teacher assigned you to work on a class project with a group of ten other students. If you were working on your own, you would have broken down the assignment into steps and started work right away. Since you are part of a group, however, the social loafing tendency makes it likely that you would put less effort into the project. Instead of assuming responsibility for certain tasks, you might simply assume that one of the other group members will take care of it.

More Psychology Definitions: The Psychology Dictionary

Browse the Psychology Dictionary

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z |
Related Articles
  • Group Project Organizer - Group Project Agreement
  • What Are Interest Groups? - American Government
  • Support Groups
  • Group
  • Tradition 1 Study - A Study of Tradition 1 of the 12 Traditions
Kendra Cherry

Kendra Cherry
Psychology Guide

  • Sign up for My Newsletter
See More About
  • social loafing
  • group behavior
Top Related Searches psychology dictionary social loafing common goal tendency definitions

2022 black-rose-bielefeld.de. All rights reserved.