Most people search for social approval all their life. They seek approval from spouses, friends, employers, and relatives. It is part of being a social creature and getting along. There is nothing wrong with it, IF you aren't compromising your safety, ethics, or morals.<br />
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I think you are referring to school/casual relationships types of social approval. "Social approval" has gotten a bad name because many teenagers sacrifice who they are, their morals, and all their good sense, so that their peers will like them. This social approval phase is an important part of growing up. It helps the young adult identify as an individual separate from family -- as long as it is not taken too far. The negative is the extremes they will go to in order to gain approval.<br />
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Casual social approval tends to morph in the late teens or early twenties for most people. Instead of being an end in its self, it become a tool to facilitate smooth social exchange. We no longer engage in it to be liked, but to facilitate communication, build relationships (personal and professional,) and make our social interactions as pleasant as possible. <br />
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People who truly rid themselves of the need for any social approval, tend to not difficult to be around and are not generally well liked, and we all need to be liked. <br />
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If you stop and think about fashion, it is 99% about social approval, and women from 5 to 105 do it. For guys, the social approval is sports, tools, or trucks. It just changes from, "I'll do or be what you want if you will like me," to "They will like my new designer jeans."<br />
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My two cents.

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I'm 21 and I haven't stopped yet unfortunately...

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I don't think you ever stop, but I seemed to give less of a sh!t at 20.

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A few years ago. Though, I'm still young myself. You reach a point where it really doesn't matter to you what others think. Once you do reach this point, and become true to yourself you will be much happier. And the ones who matter will still be by your side, and the ones who disappear you never needed anyway.

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you are not mad at me, right??

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Uhm, no. Why on earth would I be?

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I was about 12, but I had a different life than most and a vastly different mind.

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20 which is this year. It took me awhile obviously. Kinda hard to do.

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15.

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