The Pros and Cons of Peer Pressure

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Thoughts, behavior, fashion, and music often have a deep impact on our society. People and teenagers in particular, tend to get influenced by the lifestyles of their peer group. It is a person’s tendency to do what the crowd does. Few individuals have the courage to resist the peer pressure and be their own selves rather than being one amongst a group. Parents play a vital role to during this phase of a teenager’s life and must exhibit extreme caution when dealing with their adolescents, as they are most vulnerable to yield to peer pressure during these critical years of their lives. Teenagers must be taught to distinguish between the good and the bad; the right and the wrong. They must also be guided to be considerate in life. Parents have a major impact on the way peer pressure will affect their teens. Although peer pressure can be harmful and detrimental to teens, at times it can be beneficial as well.

Teens, like adults, are influenced by their peer group. This is normal behavior and it is modeled for them by the adults around them almost every minute of every day. Parents conform to the social standards set by their peer groups and teenagers observe this. Teens will tend to follow their peers in behaviors that are not considered appropriate by adults however will exalt them in the eyes of their peers. Part of the reason for these behaviors is that teens are just getting used to their friends having a say in what they do. The other part is the familiar phrase: "Everyone is doing it." The influence of peer pressure may be verbal, nonverbal or even unconscious on the part of the friends. Peer pressure is a powerful influence, one that parents need to understand so that they can instill values in their children which can ...

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...s are his close friends who do not pressure him to do things, rather inspire him to change himself for the better. Peer pressure can prod a person make the right decisions in life.

In the book The Importance of Peer Pressure! Bruce A. Epstein, M.D, states: "A healthy part of every child's development is involvement with their peers. This is especially true during adolescence, as teenagers develop a sense of independence from their parents." It is imperative for everyone, especially teenagers, to have strong support from family, the ability to differentiate between the positive and the negative, and the skill to choose good friends from their peers. These are all important in order to keep away from the negative affects of peer pressure, and to use the positive aspects of peer pressure to make life more meaningful and fulfilling for themselves and for others.

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