Peer Pressure, Cause and Effect
Peer pressure has become a big issue in our modern world. Many people experience it every day and a lot of times it leads to bad decision making. Peer pressure can affect you in the long run and knowing how to say no to certain things can sometimes save your life. There are many causes to peer pressure but the more noticeable one would be just pure excitement. Say that your peers are jumping their bikes off ramps and they ask you to try. You have always been unsure about trying semi-dangerous things and you find yourself a bit scared. You say no but your peers find the activity so exhilarating that they want you to join in on the fun. So they keep egging you on and you finally say yes. You just gave in to peer pressure. Peer pressure can come in many different ways and even if it as simple as jumping your bike off a ramp it is still peer pressure. But that’s just harmless peer pressure. There are very harmful forms of peer pressure out there caused simply by excitement. The excitement of everybody doing this certain things creates this drive in all of us to try that certain thing. Then it becomes too serious, like trying harmful drugs, it becomes dangerous. When we feel peer pressure we tend to feel embarrassed, and left out and we feel the need to fit in with the people around us. It is hard not to feel these emotions when being rejected by the people you associate yourself with.
The more emotional we feel, the more likely we are to give in to peer pressure. As young adults we feel the need to impress are friends or the people we are trying to befriend. That’s why peer pressure can so easily take a hold of you and pull you in to any temptations around you. Kids who peer pressure others are probably not very disciplined at home. As a parent you need to be able to set rules for your children but be lenient so they aren’t so tempted to be rebellious. We all have been peer pressured and we all have peer pressured others whether it be serious or not. We need to know not to pressure people into things they don’t want to do. Drinking is one of the biggest effects of peer pressure. When kids go to party for the first time there is more than likely going to be underage drinking there. Already there is a temptation to fit in with your peers. Then the actual pressures from your peers begin. Everybody is “having fun” and they all want you to have fun as well. You have never consumed alcohol before but
you know it is illegal for you being a teenager.
You went to the party planning on not drinking and never thinking that you not drinking was gonna be a problem. Then the kids start to pressure you. You resist but the more you resist the more tempted you are. You finally give in to temptation and you start drinking. Drink after drink you become intoxicated or as we all know it as drunk. The night carries on, you drink more and now you find yourself driving home with your friend in the passenger seat, also intoxicated. On the way you swerve out of control, run off the road, and run head first into a tree totaling your car. You wake up to find red and blue lights flashing, EMT’s and firefighters walking around outside your car. You notice the severity of what has happened and you sober up and you notice a giant hole through the windshield and you see a body lying out in front of your car to the left of the tree and you notice that it is your friend’s body who was sitting in the passenger seat. Later you are in the hospital and you find out your friend has died. Now this mainly has to do with the fact that you were drinking and driving. The root of it all eventually comes down to you being peer pressured for the first time to drink alcohol, which has led to one bad decision after another. Now I am not saying that this happens every time you get peer pressured to drink but it is something to think about. These things due tend to get out of hand and it can ruin your life. The effects of peer pressure can also lead to doing drugs, getting into trouble or having unsafe sex. These are all very common in the world of peer pressure. Getting into drugs can definitely lead to some harsh roads in the future. You might start with marijuana and it can be harmless but sometimes can lead to trying more intense drugs.
You could go from smoking pot to trying “shrooms” or cocaine and then maybe even getting into very self-inflicting drugs like heroin or meth. I’m not saying marijuana is a gateway drug but all hardcore drug users start somewhere. The same thing goes for getting in trouble with the law. You start off at school getting into trouble with your friends, peer pressuring each other to do things to get a laugh out of but eventually get into trouble with. Then you get into trouble outside the classroom, stealing, vandalism and other crimes. Pretty soon those things are going to come up and bite you in the butt. Spending the night in jail for senseless crimes which all can probably lead back to peer pressure. Being peer pressured isn’t really the victims fault but they do harness the ability to choose the people they associate themselves with. Peer pressure of teenagers and young adults is something that everybody is going to come across at least once in their lifetime.
The choices we make are the basis of our lives, and choosing the right ones can lead us down the right road. Bad decisions can take us on a path we never intended on going down. We can always change our ways can redeem ourselves but you will never know when that one day comes and you have run out of time to make a difference in your life. Think about your decisions. Don’t not give in to peer pressure but debate whether or not if it is positive or negative peer pressure. Think about your future every once in a while.