Smoking marijuana, having premarital sex, underage drinking, participating in community service, and achieving good grades are all acts that can fall under the divisions of lewd or positive behaviors that have been glorified by today’s youthful and adolescent society. Through media, social networks, and authoritative figures, today’s youth has been influenced by the classical and ageless art of peer pressure. Peer pressure as defined by (dictionary.com) is, “a social pressure by members of one’s peer group to take a certain action, adopt certain values or otherwise conform in order to be accepted”. The causes and effects have a much greater effect on adolescent teens than any other demographic. The hours spent with other teens greatly
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As they grow older they begin to believe and find that it’s important to be the same as others in order to be accepted. If change within the child is not seen immediately, the change becomes progressive once the child realizes that he or she must change themselves in order to fit in. The process usually begins first by just wearing the same clothing, seven as simple and innocent as having the same hairstyle, but as they get older this can progress to using drugs and other high risk behaviors.
Peer pressure does not always coincide with the word “negative”. Peer pressure has proven to have a positive effect in the lives of many and can also help one reflect on his or her life. Through examples and experiences of peers, one can always learn from an empathetic point of view. Their examples may teach you things and encourage others to follow in the same path and possess the same positive outlook and qualities. Looking at what others do, can help bring a positive change into a different way of thinking. If used in an appropriate and positive manner, peer pressure can be a tool used to build a positive platform for life. For example, when a teen knows that some of his friends regularly volunteer at the local YMCA or that they participate in different drives and charity events, he may feel tempted to do so. He may get into the habit of community service because of his peers.