It seems that perhaps you could have an interest in philosophy, psychology and social science.
Although the question seems simple, the answers aren't. If somebody just said yes and stopped at that, then other questions come into play, such as why? and how?
We are all affected by social conditioning..... this is a large subject, so all I can say is to research it.
A question I wonder about from time to time is "how can we de-condition ourselves?" My conclusion is spending time in the nature helps a great deal.
NLP (Neuro linguistic programming) has been popular over the years. In the UK, it used to be very common to see courses for NLP, so it definitely has an affect in society.
The field of marketing uses persuasion, so there's a kind of programming there.
Your question, "What is freedom?" opens so many further questions that attempt to answer this. Philosophers have many opinions about this.
I'd say freedom is subjective as it leads to the question: Do we really have free will or just a finite number of choices?
Fundamental life questions are great areas to read and discuss.
Quote by Socrates: “To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom.” (One of the three maxims; check them out)
In summary, there's no quick answer to certain questions in order to get a comprehensive answer. Exploring the answers and seeing the various perspectives is the interesting part.
Try looking at the works of Plato.