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The Difficulties of Being a Teenager

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The Difficulties of Being a Teenager

“Go on.” “Everybody’s doing it.” “It’s only one drink.” “You’re such a
I didn’t know what to do. All these voices were repeating over
and over in my head. I didn’t want to give into them because I knew
what I was doing was wrong. I didn’t want everyone to think I was
scared but what if my parents found out. Why was I here? Are these
people really my friends if they are really doing this to me? These
were the questions that I didn’t know the answers to. I knew in my
heart it was wrong but I gave in. This is usually the typical outcome
of a scene like this. It is called peer pressure. It can be seen in
many different places. In this essay I am going to look at different
ways in which teenagers can be influenced by peer pressure.
Many teenagers try cigarettes, drugs or alcohol. It is likely
that they take their first cigarette, drink or drug because of
pressure from peers or friends. The influence of friends who smoke is
the main reason teenager’s start, although you are also more likely to
start if your parents do. Cigarettes, like alcohol, are an acquired
taste but lots of people get addicted.
Often kids drink to feel less uncomfortable and more relaxed
with friends because they are encouraged to do so by other teenagers.
Regular drinking can lead to poor school work, or other kinds of
problems, the use of other drugs and sometimes even suicide,
The main difference between alcohol or cigarettes and other drugs is
that once you are over a certain age you can legally buy alcohol and
cigarettes. The use of most drugs is illegal at any age. Although
drugs are eas...

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can make recovery quicker and easier.
At teenager, relations expand to occupy a particularly central
role in a young person’s life. New types and levels of relationships
emerge. Friends typically replace the family as the centre of a young
person’s socializing and leisure activities. Teenagers have many peer
relationships, and they confront multiple “peer cultures” that have
remarkably different normal and value systems. The adult perception of
peers as having one culture or a dangerous influence is inaccurate.
More often than not, peers reinforce family values, but they have the
potential to encourage problem behaviors as well. Although the
negative peer influence is over-emphasized, more can be done to help
teenagers experience the family and the friends group as mutually
constructive environments.

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