Status: What Is It? Why Does It Matter?

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“Status is important.” The “status” command displays the current status of your Minecraft world. There are many different statuses that can be displayed, and they all have a meaning. In this article, we will cover what each status means and how to find out which one you’re in. Read more in detail here: status is important.

You’re conversing with a lovely lady when she abruptly waves to a buddy behind you and goes away without even apologizing. You cringe in the moment and for months thereafter when you lie in bed and repeat the meeting in your mind.

Your Marine brother invites you to spend the night with his battalion, and you spend the night feeling like an outsider looking in. You have nothing to offer to their war tales, and no one wants to hear about your accounting job. You can’t help but feel like a sissy from the suburbs.

You’ve been unemployed for two months and haven’t been able to locate work. You haven’t even been contacted for an interview. You’ve fallen into a severe depression and are experiencing emotions of worthlessness.

While each circumstance is unique, the emotions it might evoke are similar: a deep, visceral sinking and pit in your stomach, mental bewilderment, or a heavy weight on your chest. Your logical, sensible thinking tells you not to make such a big deal out of things — that she doesn’t matter, that you have a very great life, that you’re not your work. But it seems difficult to rationalize your way out of the vice that grips your heart.

Because they’re founded in a subject that contemporary society doesn’t discuss or explain, these apparently unexplainable feelings may be difficult to cope with.

Status and Men

In America, status is something we’re all intensely aware of privately, but we publicly pretend it doesn’t exist or isn’t that significant, as good democratic, egalitarians should.

However, there is no way to get out of the situation. We’re programmed to be aware of it, to watch it, to seek it out, and to be distressed when we’re forced to give it up. When we acquire or lose status, neurons fire and hormones are produced. It’s an uncontrollable process that we share with our prehistoric forefathers and every other creature on the planet. Because high status has been linked to access to resources and reproductive success for thousands of years, it’s intimately woven into our biology and brain. Obtaining and preserving one’s rank was therefore crucial to insuring the survival of a man’s mortal existence as well as his genes for future generations.

For males, status has always been very important. Males in all species (including our own) are considerably more sensitive to “status failures” and have a much higher desire to achieve status than females, according to biologists. The need for status is embedded into practically every aspect of masculinity in humans. Honor, Jack Donovan’s “tactical qualities” of power, bravery, and mastery, and the 3 P’s of Manhood – protect, procreate, provide — are all based on it.


In reality, being a man was basically a status obtained by doing masculine actions and according to the rules and code of one’s tribe throughout countries and time. One was born a boy who had to grow up to be a man. In practically every culture on the planet, being a man requires a man to face and overcome difficult, painful obstacles and ordeals with fortitude and stoicism.

Exhortations to “Man up!” or “Be a man!” in our present society are remnants of this concept of masculinity as achieved status. Despite a half-century-long attempt to root maleness exclusively in biology and/or culture rather than behavior, when a man is told to “be a man” about something, he understands exactly what it means; and when it’s directed at him by his peers, it stings even more because they’re questioning his status — questioning whether he’s a man among men.

The Status Oversimplification

Because of the importance of status in men’s life, I decided to do a year-long study on the issue. What I learned is that status, like honor, is a very complicated term impacted by genetics, psychology, and society. However, in our current discourse, acknowledgment of this complexity is unusual. Instead, authors, commentators, and even scholars often oversimplify the topic in many ways.

When we speak about status exclusively in terms of factors like class, color, and sex, we are oversimplifying it. While it’s true that belonging to a given population segment affects whether that group of individuals as a whole thrives or fails, this macro-view of the issue ignores how status manifests itself in our one-on-one relationships, even when class, color, or sex aren’t key variables.

We are communicating (sometimes without realizing it) our self-perceived status to others and watching their signals in order to identify our respective position in the social hierarchy, even in the most ordinary and apparently even-footed exchanges. The speed with which we speak, how much space we take up in a room, and whether or not we establish eye contact with the other person are all subtle indicators of our social rank. In these “status” “contests,” contrary to common opinion, there is no need for enmity. In truth, the majority of our daily status exchanges are pleasant and beneficial to our social lives.

The “manosphere” is another manner in which talks of status get oversimplified. There, the alpha/beta dichotomy is widely used to describe status.

Alpha men are at the top of the social ladder, with better access to money, power, and sex, thanks to this two-pronged status criterion. To become an alpha male, a guy must demonstrate aggressive dominance, which is often accomplished by cultivating the “Dark Triad” of personality traits: narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy. Beta males, on the other hand, are low-status, subservient, and meek gentlemen. They’re “good men” who can’t say no, lack confidence, and have no balls in general. The theory goes that until these guys learn to be dominating and get some swagger, they will have little success with the girls and will feel stymied and miserable.


However, although dominance is seen to be a necessary attribute for gaining status in a group, it is not one at all. From an anthropological standpoint, dominance is equivalent with rank. A “dominant man,” as defined by sociologists and primatologists, is simply a “high-status male.” And, although violence is one way to achieve status and power, it isn’t the only one.

These two schools of thinking — status as socioeconomics and status as aggressive domination — are correct in certain ways, but they overlook the wider picture of status and how it works. Let’s take a deeper look at the true nature of status and its many facets.

What Is the Definition of Status?

The most fundamental definition of status is one’s place in a group of individuals.

It’s simple enough.

However, if you go further, things get considerably more complicated. So let’s get started:

Status is a relative term.

It’s critical to remember that there is no such thing as absolute status throughout this conversation. It’s all a matter of perspective.

For starters, it refers to the individuals in your close and intimate circle. We don’t give a damn how we compare to folks from other countries or individuals from other socioeconomic backgrounds. Because how our friends, coworkers, and close rivals are performing is more significant to our own success and thriving, we worry about our standing in relation to them. A law student is unconcerned with his or her class rank in comparison to that of another law student at another law school. He is concerned about his school’s class standing among his classmates. I never think about how an uber-rich Saudi oil billionaire is doing considerably better financially than me as an American living in the suburbs of Tulsa, but gosh, when I see a buddy get a new vehicle, I feel a pang of jealously and curiosity about how much money he’s earning, despite my best attempts to stay aloof.

The underlying notion we all have that our position is related to the individuals who make up our personal and close group has been validated by research. Experiments have demonstrated, for example, that how much someone spends on conspicuous items (clothing, homes, vehicles, etc.) is influenced by how much others in their social group spend on the same things. It’s all part of the “keeping up with the Joneses” craze. So, if a coworker notices that they’re buying premium brand clothing, they’re likely to go out and buy similarly priced clothing (even if it costs them money) to avoid being seen as the low man on the totem pole; they might even try to buy a more premium clothing brand to gain higher status than their peers. Many people can thankfully escape these commercial arms races, but there is still a basic need to participate.

Second, a group’s culture is influenced by its standing. Every group has its own culture, which focuses diverse emphasis on certain values and indicators, and so assigns different levels of status. In civilizations like India, your birth family determines your social rank for the rest of your life. In America, we think that by trying and working hard, you may improve your standing.


Because status is relative, you may concurrently have high or low status in many positions in your life if you live in a pluralistic society where you may be a member of numerous distinct groups and communities. In certain instances, you may be a huge fish in a little pond, while in others, you can be a small fish in a vast pond. Even if you’re the boss of your LARPing group, you’d be laughed out of the football team’s locker room. Making incredible improvements in the gym will get you respect from your peers, but not from MENSA. Alternatively, you might be like Jerry Gergich from Parks and Recreation: your coworkers think you’re a loser, but your family loves you and treats you with all the respect you deserve.

Achieved, ascribed, and embodied status are the three types of status.

There are three sorts of status, according to sociologists and animal behaviorists: attributed, attained, and embodied.

Affirmed Status

A person’s ascribed status is determined by their birth or by a function they take on later in life. The social class you were born into, your ethnicity, and your sex all have a bearing on your standing. So, if you’re a white male born into a powerful and wealthy family in New England, you’ll have greater inborn status — at least in America — than a black lady born into a poor family in the South. The caste system in India is based on ascribed rank, which was also the foundation of aristocracy in Europe and the early days of the United States. Humans aren’t the only ones that have their position assigned to them. It has also been noticed in our ape cousins, according to primatologists. Male chimpanzees born to high-status females, for example, will eventually enjoy greater status in all-male coalitions.

Ascribed rank is not just bestowed at birth; it may also be awarded later in life by taking specified jobs. According to study, designating someone as a “leader” for an impromptu group at random confers prestige on that individual in the eyes of his peers. Sure, he may lose that status later (by being overly dominant or making terrible judgments that impact the group), but merely assuming the job of leader confers prestige. Parenthood is associated with assigned status for the same reason: parents wield power and authority in the eyes of their children, at least until they reach the age of adolescence.

Growing older is another manner in which we might be assigned a status. In most societies, younger people respect older people simply because they are older and have, at the very least, theoretically, had more experiences and garnered more relevant insight.

A person’s ascribed status is usually steady and doesn’t fluctuate all that much during their lifespan. More traditional societies, on the other hand, put a larger emphasis on assigned rank.

Status attained

Achieved status refers to a person’s position that he has earned through his own efforts. It is a status that has to be earned. Individuals who help the group in which they belong by their skill and aptitude acquire the group’s respect and prestige. Achieved status is valued more than assigned status in current Western industrial countries. We in America aspire to the ideal articulated by Thomas Jefferson (an aristocrat who personally personified both assigned and attained status): that the country should become an aristocracy of virtue and intellect, rather than one of birth.


Achieved status is less solid and secure than assigned status since it is based on one’s own efforts. You must continuously demonstrate to your peers that you are still deserving of their respect and regard by your actions.

Achieved status may also be found in primates, however it is frequently more severe and aggressive. Male chimpanzees that can brutally control other male chimps are considered the group’s “alpha male.” It makes no difference if he wasn’t born to a powerful woman. Chimpanzees may also gain status through grooming other chimps and contributing to the group’s resources.

In human groups, the same dynamic exists. Men may obtain status by displaying aggressiveness and power, but they can also gain status by acquiring a skill that helps their society and working with others. Depending on the conditions, which method of achieving status is most beneficial.

Status as an Embodied Person

Embodied status refers to the status we get as a result of our bodily traits. Short, ugly, fat guys have less prestige than tall, gorgeous, healthy males. Characteristics such as posture and voice are included in embodied status. Men who stand up straight and speak in a deep baritone voice are viewed as having more prestige than men who hunch their shoulders and speak in a high-pitched tone, according to research.

Physical and mental infirmities are one of the most unpleasant aspects of embodied status. Despite society’s greatest efforts, disabled people are seen as inferior, according to study. While Western nations have made tremendous progress in eradicating this stigma, people with physical impairments are nevertheless scorned and excluded from society in various societies across the globe. Animals exhibit this habit as well. According to evolutionary psychologists and biologists, the mistreatment of people with impairments is a natural sorting process for removing the abnormality from the gene pool. Evolution isn’t fate for us humans, thankfully. We may summon our “better angels” and treat people with physical limitations with decency and respect, as well as offer them with opportunity to advance in other ways.

Embodied status is between between assigned and attained status. We have no control over our DNA, just as we have no control over the class, ethnicity, or sex we are born with. As a result, if you’re short, you’ll always be short, and you’ll have to cope with the subtle slights that come with being vertically challenged. However, we do have some influence over certain elements of our embodied existence. We may workout and eat properly to maintain a fit appearance. Dressing nicely also improves one’s standing. Even simple hygiene, such as cleaning your teeth and washing your face, may improve your embodied status.

It’s important to remember that assigned, earned, and embodied status all interact with one another. Ascribed status might provide a person an advantage when it comes to achieving accomplished status. A middle-class, suburban child, for example, will have more possibilities to acquire the qualities and abilities needed to advance in status than a poor, urban child.


Achieved status may also aid in gaining ascribed status. A disadvantaged youngster who pulls himself up by his bootstraps might gain the ascribed status of a middle-class adult over time. Roles that come with ascribed status, such as doctor, police officer, professor, fireman, and soldier, require work on the part of the individual to obtain. They gain status first, then enjoy the benefits that come with the responsibilities they have been assigned.

Individuals with embodied status may have greater opportunity to acquire accomplished status. According to studies, good-looking persons make more money than those who aren’t so good-looking. But, here again, genetics does not determine fate. Even those who lack Brad and Angelina’s beautiful looks may reach high status via hard work. This achievement-based higher status gives options to enhance embodied status by decreasing weight or having dental veneers.

What’s Next for Men and Status?

As you can see, status dynamics take into account both our primordial selves and the changing and relatively new terrain of contemporary life and culture. We’re always measuring each other up and figuring out our own position in the social hierarchy depending on who thrives in every setting you find yourself in, thanks to millions of years of natural and sexual selection. Status dynamics may be seen in practically every aspect of our social interactions, from simple talks to large corporate negotiations to comparing ourselves to other gym goers.

Despite the fact that status dynamics are entwined with everything we do in society, the topic is seldom discussed, and when it is, it is explained in too simplistic terms. For something that has such a profound impact on human existence, there is surprisingly little information available about it. Sure, researchers publish papers on experiments that show what happens to different parts of our brains when we face a status threat, or how constantly feeling low status can be harmful to your health, but there’s very little out there about how we should approach status in our lives in a productive and healthy way. I suppose the scarcity of literature on status reflects our democratic culture and our desire to assume that if we don’t address a problem, it doesn’t exist.

We disregard the question of status, especially male status, at our peril, I think. Status, like other male energies, is a force that may be utilized to create or destroy. This was known by ancient societies and even contemporary Western cultures until a few decades ago. But we managed to persuade ourselves that status isn’t all that essential, that we’ve progressed beyond it, and that we should endeavor to eradicate any residual traces of it from men’s life. Unfortunately, this is a formula for a slew of negative consequences, some of which are already manifesting in our current culture.

So, over the next several months, we’ll be delving into male status in all of its complexities and depth. Here’s a map to show you where we’re going:


  • Male Status and Biology
  • The Evolution of Male Status in Biology
  • The Evolution of Male Status in Culture
  • Towards a Positive Male Status Philosophy

My objective with this series is to provide men, teachers, parents, coaches, and mentors a set of skills to assist them harness the male desire for status in a constructive and healthy manner that helps both the individual and the community. You can’t comprehend your own motivations or the culture you live in if you don’t grasp status. Now, I don’t want to give the impression that I have it all figured out. Even after a year of investigation and consideration, the question of status continues to perplex me. But I believe I’ve made a decent start, and I’m looking forward to working with you all to establish a positive male status ideology.

Complete the Series

Introduction to Men and Status How Testosterone Fuels the Desire for Status in Your Brain The Evolution of Status on a Biological Level The Evolution of Status on a Cultural Level Rebel Cool’s Ascension and Fall Millennials and the Changing Meaning of Cool – A Cause Without Rebels Our Modern Status System’s Pitfalls Why Should You Be Concerned About Your Status? A Handbook for Managing Status in the Twenty-First Century



The “embodied status sociology definition” is a sociological theory that looks at how people are defined by their social location and the relationships they have with others. It is important to understand this concept as it helps us understand what status means in society.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why the status is important?

A: The status is used to determine what the game will allow you to do. If your status is ok, then you are able to play any song with no restrictions, if its not ok, then that means a certain number of songs cannot be played for whatever reason.

Why is status so important to men?

A: Although some studies have shown that shorter stature may be a more important factor in determining status than height, it has been found that men tend to focus on physical characteristics as determinants of status. This is mainly due to the fact that women put an emphasis on social factors such as charm and personality instead.

How do you get status?

A: There are two ways to increase your status. The first is by playing songs, and the second is by leveling up.

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