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What is meant by a "social clock, and give an example.
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The theory of the social clock explores the time frame within which a culture or social structure expects certain life landmarks to be achieved.

This social pressure has been around as long as people have lived in societies. Your grandmother likely felt the need to get married before a certain age or she'd be considered an old maid. These examples illustrate a concept called the social clock, or a timetable determined by a culture or social structure, that specifies a proper time for certain events, like marriage, graduation, employment or social status.


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