Oh, That's What It's Called: 14 Social Phenomena Terms

There are plenty of specific observable situations we may not know why they exist, but at least we know that they exist. Some people have even gone so far as to give them names, and we must honor their daring deeds of definition by learning them. Here are 14 social phenomena that the next time someone points one out, you can impressively drop the name. 


Tamagotchi Effect 1  8 when people develop emotional attachments to robot or machines

Source: The iJournal


Lake Wobegon Effect how most people believe their skills are above average, even though this can't be true

Source: APA PsycNet


Snapchat Dysmorphia when patients seek surgery in order to appear like themselves with social media filters

Source: ScienceDaily


Foodie Call when someone sets up a date in order to get a free meal

Source: Science Daily


Hikikomori when people socially withdraw to an extreme, which may be heightened by spENding time online

Source: Science Daily


The Coolidge Effect the novelty of a new sexual partner can renew sexual interest in animals (especially males)

Source: APA PsycNet


The Cinderella Effect data shows that stepchildren receive worse treatment than biological children

Source: Florida Atlantic University


Cross-Race Effect the troubling phenomenon that people have difficulty distinguishing between people of races different from them

Source: ScienceDaily


The CSI Effect CSI viewers have higher expectations for any form of evidence in court cases

Source: National Institute of Justice


Pygmalion Effect positive expectations affect performance positively and negative expectations have a negative effect

Source: Duquesne University


Dawson Casting WCHS the tendency for adults to play teenagers on TV (mostly due to labor laws)

Source: VICE


Missing White Woman Syndrome MISSING! the disproportionate media coverage that young, white, middle- to upper-class missing women receive

Source: NPR


Do-Gooder Derogation putting down others who are morally motivated, like meat-eaters who make fun of vegetarians

Source: SAGE Journals


The Sagan Effect the perception that popular scientists are less academic than their less public-facing peers

Source: The Journal of Neuroscience