Peer pressure is the pressure, stress, or strain that you feel from
friends or others around you to act or behave in a certain way. Others
around you can pressure you into drinking and getting drunk. Friends can
pressure you into experimenting with drugs. Mates can pressure you into
sex. Peer pressure takes away from individualism and forces a person to
act or think like the group of people around them.
Drinking is a common peer pressure. At parties or at other social
occasions, drinking is an often activity which has been accepted by today’s
society. Although many people do not want to drink, they still drink just
to fit in with others and to have a common ground with somebody new they
are meeting. People often believe getting drunk is fun, and makes a party
more exciting, and this thought entices more people to drink. Drinking is
most often peer pressured and people should maintain their right to not
Experimenting with drugs is a common peer pressure amongst teenagers.
The most common drug used by teenagers is marijuana, which is considered
the ‘gateway’ drug. Smoking marijuana can most often lead to the use of
more ‘hardcore’ drugs. Being pressured into trying drugs is a very awkward
situation, refusing the drug could make the person feel like they are not
fitting in, or not accepted. But knowing that drugs can negatively affect
a person’s body should be enough reason to make the refusal worth it.
Sex is becoming a more and more pressured act by today’s youth.
People believe having sex makes a person cool, and more mature. Only
person’s who are mature enough to deal with the consequences of sex should
do it. Having sex doesn’t make a person appear more mature, being able to
say ‘no’ makes them more mature. Only person’s who are in a serious,
mature, honest relationship and know they can accept the responsibility of
sex should do it.
Peer pressure is practiced unknowingly in all communities, especially
amongst teenagers.People who allow themselves to become peer pressured
lose individuality. Having the ability to say ‘no’ shows that a person has
respect for himself and, in turn, gains the respect of others around him.
Peer pressure can be used for almost anything, but when it’s for the wrong
things is when it becomes stressful because of the fear of being rejected
for saying ‘no’. The practice of peer pressure will be used by all people,
but knowing when to say ‘no’ is the most important aspect.