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Peer Pressure and Conformity

Conforming to the negative peer pressure can cause harm to the present and future life of a teenager. Read on to know more about peer pressure and conformity.

Adolescence is a period of development and perceptions. It is the time to experiment and test out various things that seem interesting. A teen mind is full of queries and they all need to be satisfied at once.

Building a peer group or getting associated with one is basically a part of this developmental process. It is a part of adolescent socialisation. This allows the members of similar age groups to explore their interests and share their uncertainties that they are otherwise uncomfortable in sharing with other people like parents or teachers, that is, if they do not really have an easy relationship with them. This is why they want to conform to the group. The intent is to retain the sense and feel of belonging and continuity with the peer group.  

Conformity is the Cost of Acceptance

There is a peer pressure that comes naturally with this social dynamism – which can be termed as the cost of association or conformity. One needs to conform to the thoughts, actions and ideologies of the peer group in order to be accepted as a part of it. But there is a host of potential problems that tag along with this conformity.

If it is a positive peer group the impact and effect on the individual is positive and the transformations happen for the better. But if the peer pressure happens to be negative, the well-being of the teen in endangered. The potential risks involve several harmful and unlawful activities ranging from shoplifting, theft, smoking, drug, alcohol or substance abuse of casual teen sex.

Conformity Can Be Harmful

Conformity actually comes as a voluntary choice for the teen as there is always a fear of rejection in the mind. For a teenager belonging to a group and being accepted as a part of it is extremely important; at times even more than the need of his family. There are occasions where the teenager willingly goes to any extent just to be accepted as a member of his peer group. In cases of negative peer pressure, the cost of conformity involves compromising on family values and rules.

Adolescence is a phase when the teen is trying to carve out an individual identity for himself. He is tasting independence for the first time and he wants to make the most of it as the entire situation is too exciting for him, further due to the various physiological and emotional changes that are taking place in his body, the teen is too overwhelmed and confused to channelise his newfound energy and excitement. It is therefore easy for him to fall under negative peer pressure and get involved in activities that are potentially harmful for him. Further, he also lacks the awareness or experience to deal with the possible outcomes.  

Conformity Blocks Individual Preference

In an attempt to ‘fit in’, the teen knows that he has to relinquish family values and break a few rules set by his parents. This may not be his individual preference. Although, he behaves contrary to his family values and engages in actions that do not have the sanction of his parents, but he does them solely because he wants to be accepted as a rightful member to his peer group. So the individual’s preference to retain family values goes for a toss. The idea of bullying or deflecting criticism from the members of the peer group drives him to such actions and behavior.

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Zaike Zindane.6 years ago
peer pressure is awful one who goes through it only knows the hell he has been in. Its a Living Hell. there is no peace and no happiness only myth of happiness.
Patrick Shwatz.6 years ago
I have been under the influence of peer pressure. actually i was quite lonely and sad so came under peer pressure influence. It was difficult for me to be away from peers. All decision making was done by my peers. Soon I lost all my confidence, decisiveness and self esteem. i was a wreck.
Dinshaw.6 years ago
Peer pressure is a vicious cycle. Once a teen tries to conform to the rules and pressures of peers, he is sucked into it bigtime. there is no chance of returning back.
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