Peer pressure. Don’t we all fall victim to it at times? “Why Does Peer Pressure Affect Teens?” was on the news one night last week and you can read it here if you’d like to. I know now after thinking about it that it is worse as a teen and young adult but I know I’ve done some pretty stupid things at the “urging” of other people plenty of times in my life.
This article states that teens need to fit in and to be liked and it’s stronger in kids. They’re also learning to navigate on their own and want to make some decisions on their own. It also states that brain development isn’t fully there until the mid 20′s.
Now peer pressure normally makes us think of bad things but it’s not always bad. There are some people who choose to follow someone who studies hard or who’s involved in sports or many other worthwhile activities. I know Jason wasn’t to thrilled with doing school work his senior year of high school but he chummed around with a girl who “encouraged” him to study because it was very important to her to achieve good grades. To this day I thank her for his graduating.
I’ve also seen this happen with adults who will take on something new if a friend or an acquaintance enjoys doing something. So and so enjoys golf so I’m gonna give it a try. So it’s not always a bad thing. It has a bad sound but it’s not always a bad thing.
Just how much does peer pressure affect you? Do you find yourself doing something you wouldn’t normally do or dumb things you do that you think later, “what the heck was I thinking?” Do you think adults are just as guilty as kids as far as this goes?