How Diversity Makes Us Smarter
For many years, research by Scientists, Psychologists, Sociologists and Economists has shown that socially diverse groups (race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation) are more creative and advanced than average unvaried groups. Science has also shown that typically, diverse groups are far more proficient than homogenous groups, by adding in their own opinions on things like from solving problems or the production of artistic work they obtain a more efficient comprehension of subjects. This is because people with different backgrounds can offer distinct and unique perspectives to other people which can also help them gain knowledge from individuals with various backgrounds. There are many advantages and benefits with social interaction from different or disparate individuals. There are a lot of advantages that come with meeting certain individuals, although research has shown that social diversity in groups can also cause discomfort, a lack of trust, conflicts, lower communications, and other issues, it can also allow an enhancement in creativity and bring out knowledge within one another. When divergent individuals come together to brainstorm or solve problems, they bring out different information and offer different perspectives on particular topics because the social distinction within people can help you gain awareness and assimilation of one’s culture, their perspective and past experiences. Diversity provokes thoughts and emotions in people allowing them to perform more efficiently. Research has shown that diversity appears to lead to higher-quality scientific research. Scientists have also found that papers that have been written by more diverse groups have shown more citations and have a higher impact on people. Homogeneous groups are sometimes convinced that since they share the same beliefs and understand one another’s perspectives, they will accomplish more and be able to perform or problem solve in a more efficient or productive way. In most cases, people tend to work harder both socially and intellectual when emerged in diverse environments. By considering other alternatives, you are promoting hard work and creativity.
Research shows that homogenous groups are less likely to be successful in certain activities, on the other hand diverse groups tend to accomplish more at a sufficient rate. When a group of diverse individuals come together it has been shown that they have a greater understanding on a wide variety of topics because they are getting different opinions and perspectives. When more people with different backgrounds and experiences gather, their work has a higher impact on their ethic skills. By having individuals from different backgrounds come together it can encourage others to achieve a greater goal and be more successful. By forming a diverse group you can learn more about others and their upbringing and that can help open your mind to other opportunities. I feel diverse groups can help you learn more and expand your knowledge of things.
–Do you think that diverse groups help you become successful and have a better understanding of things?
Reference: Katherine W. Phillips, October 1, 2014, Scientific America, Policy & Ethics, “Being around people who are different from us makes us more creative, more diligent and harder-working”