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Peer Pressure 1

Peer Pressure

Kristen McGill

SOCU 391

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Peer pressure or peer influence in today’s youth is prevalent and powerful. Youth in this day and age are struggling to find a place where they belong, or fit in with society. Teens especially and weakened by peer pressure as they strive to maintain a relationship with their friends. “In groupthink, the members sense pressure to maintain unanimity, which discourages critical and independent thinking.” (Lotz, 230)
“The types of peer pressure range from direct, confrontational pressure, to more subtle pressures to look, dress and act like everyone else.” (Life123.com) Negative peer pressure can persuade a teenager or child to do things they normally wouldn’t do such as, shoplift, drink alcohol, drugs, smoke cigarettes, cheat at school, vandalize property, bully other students, skip school and participate in racist and discriminatory behavior. When it seems like everyone else is doing something-dressing a certain way or acting a certain way-teens feel a tremendous pressure to go along with the crowd and be like everyone else. Most teenagers don't want to stand out as being different. Everyone wants to fit in. Peers can be a positive influence, too. Positive peer pressure can make a teen feel like he should join a sport or a youth organization because a group he admires is doing it.
Fifteen years ago when I was a teen peer pressure was an issue, as it continues to be today. But, today’s youth face more challenges when it comes to being involved in peer pressure. Kids today are facing online bulling through social networking media such as Facebook, Myspace, Titter and Instagram. They are also facing peer pressure through cell phones and text messaging which were not as prevalent when I was a teen. I think that in today’s society the

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