Peer Pressure

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Do not do things which you don’t want to do!

Never let anyone make you do things which you do not want to do. I have been subject to it in my earlier years and I’m sure a lot of you have probably been subject to it at one stage in your life.

There are many downfalls to being the victim of peer pressure. One major one is that you will be led away from doing things you actually want to do. When you follow your friends into doing something you don’t want to do, you take away the passion and the desire to take part in activities which you like yourself.

The worst thing about peer pressure is that it gets dressed up so nicely by your friends; “Oh, come on, it’ll only be 5 minutes” etc. This allows you to give in and it makes it seem like it is not a big thing but in the long run, it can be hugely detrimental and can lead you astray.

If your friends are shoplifting or doing drugs and you do not want to go down that path, then simply say no. You know deep down inside what it is you want to do and so you should follow that gut instinct when it comes to these kinds of situations. Be prepared for your friends not to agree with you the first time but you must push back and tell them why it is you do not want to get involved. If they are really your friends, then they will understand.

This mentality extends to the classroom and in life also. Do not conform just for the sake of it. Think about what you want to do and how you want to live your life so that you can be at your happiest. If there is something which everyone else is doing but you don’t think it will have any benefits for you, then why do it? Think about yourself and what it is you want from life.

Peer pressure can come in many different scenarios so keep an eye out when you think peer pressure is involved. The best thing I can say is that if you are not happy doing something, then do not do it for the sake of your reputation or whatever it may be. Stick to your true self and everyone will respect you all the more for it.

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41 Comments »

  1. Yes, it is sometimes difficult to refuse to friends and relatives. But we must learn to do so. Agree. This may be in different cases. For example, when you are an introvert, and you are forced to communicate much more often than you need. If you are true friends, they will understand you when you tell them about it.

    • A party is a great example of peer pressure. Uni students are definitely subjected to this peer pressure, do they revise on their own or do they go out and party with their mates? Seems like a no brainer but if they want to do well, then staying in would be better.

      Thank you for your kind words 😊

  2. Great topic.
    The worst part is that people give in to peer pressure because they want to be liked, and they want to β€˜fit in’, or because they worry that other kids might make fun of them if they don’t go along with the group. Others go along because they are curious to try something new that others are doing. The idea that “everyone’s doing it” can influence so many of us to leave our better judgment, and our common sense behind.
    β€œTo be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

    • Thank you ☺

      You’re definitely right, people are always trying to do what everyone else is doing.

      I absolutely love that quote at the end

  3. Awesome,
    Now a days people are having social anxieties. Which lead to social stress and depression. People lead their lifes to a drug addicted one. I totally agree on this topic, tell me how to reblog, I can’t!

    • I completely agree πŸ‘

      I do not know how to reblog myself haha, ask around and let me know how to do it when you find out haha πŸ˜‚

  4. Peer pressure can absolutely be damaging, especially in our younger years. It takes strength to say no, especially to friends.

  5. Peer pressure is very powerful! Which reminds of the words my parents often quote when growing up at 1Corinthians 15:33
    Bad association spoils useful habits.
    Peer pressure can be deceptive​—in fact, we may not notice it at all.
    So, if we choose to associate closely with those who will influence us in the area where we have a weakness, then we are setting ourselves up to be manipulated by peer pressure​—perhaps to our lasting harm.

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