It’s natural to want to be accepted by others and peer pressure plays on that desire cause we all love to be among the best cliques in school or in the environment will live in so that people could talk about us and the fun things we do. Sometimes it could be the case of decision making, most teenagers have the issue of making decision about whether they should do the right thing or not and when they allow their decision to be influence by others, that action is called ‘Peer Pressure’ .
Peer pressure is the direct influence on people by peers, or the effect on an individual who is encouraged and wants to follow their peers by changing their attitudes, values or behaviors to conform to those of the influencing group or individual. For the individual, this can result in either a positive or negative effect, or both.
The one question we need to ask ourselves is, why does people give in to peer pressure??
Like earlier stated most people give in so they can fit in, or they don’t want to be left out from the people doing the cool things in school. Why for some, is because they don’t want to be the only odd one not doing a particular thing and the idea of trying something new has always influence people of this generation cause they don’t want to be the only one who have not tried this thing and all this could lead to something bad cause they may be influence into smoking, drinking, doing drugs or even having sex.
So how can one deal with such pressure??
First of all we need to first acknowledge the danger ahead in order to know how to avoid it or confront it.
Then second, we need think about the decision we going to make and in order to do that it’s good we ask ourselves, ‘How will I feel in the long run if I go along with the crowd?’ True, you might gain the temporary approval of your peers. But how will you feel later.
Then lastly, we need to decide and act on what we going to do, yes it’s true its hard to be the only one that says ‘NO’, but paying attention to our own feelings and beliefs about what is right and wrong can help us know the right thing to do.
So if we pay attention to our conscience and the things our parent do tell us about choosing the right friends, will also help us cope with peer pressure.