Robots induced peer pressure in children, while adults resisted. Credit: Pixabay
Children are susceptible to peer pressure by robots - science news

Peer pressure is a common psychological phenomenon, but now a new study shows that it doesn’t necessarily take a human to induce it. As the research shows, robots can induce peer pressure too. In an experiment, humanoid robots influenced children to make bad decisions. However, adults remained immune to the peer pressure from the robots but were influenced by human peers. According to the paper, this reinforces the idea of humans treating computers and robots as social beings, “attributing human-like qualities to technology.”

Read the full story: Popular Mechanics
Scientific publication: Science Robotics