It’s natural to want to be accepted by others and peer pressure plays on that desire; because 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 behaviours 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 “running things” in school. Why for some, is because they don’t want to be the only odd one not doing a particular thing. The idea of flowing with the trends always influence people of this generation because they don’t want to be the only one who have not tried these things and all these could lead to something bad because they may be influence into smoking, drinking, doing drugs or even having sex.
So, how can one deal with such pressure?
First, we need to first acknowledge the danger ahead in order to know how to avoid it or confront it.
Secondly, we need to think about the decision to make in order to do that which is right; we ask ourselves, “How will I feel in the long run if I go along with the crowd?” You might gain the temporary approval of your peers. But, how will you feel later?
Lastly, we need to decide and act on what we are going to do. Yes! It is true, it is 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 integrity and the things our parents do tell us about choosing the right friends it will help us a long way to cope with peer pressure.