Peer pressure is a part and parcel of adolescence.
Read on to know the facts on peer pressure and the effects of peer pressure on
Peer pressure is all about the
desire to fit into the group. The teen believes that it is all right to engage
in any activity that will help him to prove his allegiance to the peer group.
They feel a sort of pressure or coercion to get involved into negative peer
pressure activities. This peer pressure is always straightforward where the
teen feels that he has no other alternative but to sink in and feel ‘accepted’
by the group.
There can be a subtle peer pressure
also where the teenager is made to feel that if he does not conform to the
beliefs, ideologies and actions of the peer group, he might end up feeling
isolated. Participation is promoted to be ‘cool’; he is sort of nudged into
doing what others are doing.
Statistical Data On Peer Pressure
Given below are some interesting
statistical data regarding peer pressure:
According to a lot of studies
conducted in the field of adult substance abuse reports, almost 30% of the
teens are introduced to drugs when they are in their middle or high schools.
If you refer to the National
Household Survey on drug usage and health conducted by the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services, you will be startled to find that a whopping 74.3%
of students have tried and continued with drinking while they were in high
school. The data is more or less similar with other studies conducted on students
in various other countries.
Across countries, the approximate
number of teenagers
who are into regular smoking is over 3 million.
According to Kaiser Foundation, over
50% of the teenagers experience peer pressure to engage in sexual activities
early on. They are pressured to view sex and relationship sort of synonymously.
Other Facts On Peer Pressure
Let us have a look at some other
facts on peer pressure.
Maximum Impact During Adolescence
Peer pressure can occur at different
stages of life, be it academic, professional or family. But it is found to
happen in the biggest possible way during the adolescent period.
The effects of peer pressure are also the largest in this stage; this is solely
due to the reason that the adolescence is most impressionable period in an
Bring About Changes in The Person For The Better
Contrary to the popular belief
amongst teachers and parents, peer pressure is not always negative. There are
positive peer pressures as well. It helps the teen to perform better at school
and they feel encouraged and interested to participate in different curricular activities.
They eventually become focused in life and serious in building their careers.
Diminutive Effect of Peer Pressure
Individual preferences get shaped
and molded in a very major way due to peer pressure. Most of the individual
choices in regard to fashion, books, movies and music and even cuisines get
influenced due to peer pressure. The effect is considered diminutive due to the
fact that the adolescent rarely gets a chance to explore the various options
available. The moment he feels like engaging in any one of them, peer pressure
tells him or directs him to the option to choose. He ends up making a blind
choice in most of the occasions.
Normal Development of The Child Can Be Hindered
This is a follow through of the
above point. When the child feels blinded and makes directed choices, he is not
using his discretionary powers. He grows up being used to this sort of behaviour
and fails to develop the habit of thinking with the use of his own
intelligence. This makes him dependent and vulnerable which naturally gets
reflected in his personality in professional and personal life in later years.
There is no reason for the parents
to feel frustrated at what they can do to avoid peer pressure. They can begin
with conditioning. Peer pressure is a fact and its existence needs to be
accepted. Be accommodative, receptive and supportive to your teen and use your
experience and intelligence to deal with situations.