The term “role model” is credited to sociologist Robert K. Merton, who coined the phrase during his career. Merton hypothesized that individuals compare themselves with reference groups of people who occupy the social role to which the individual aspires. An example being the way young fans will idolize and imitate professional athletes, celebrities, or superheroes.
So what characteristics do you want in your role models? This week our panelists discuss what role pop culture plays in choosing role models, and what characteristics they want those role models to possess. They also discuss how this plays into their own roles as parents.
But what do you think? What characteristics do you want to see in your role models? And do you think that it’s okay to find role models in pop culture, or should you look elsewhere? Send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) letting us know. Or feel free to leave a comment below or message us on Twitter or Facebook. We’d love to hear your thoughts!