Peer Pressure

It’s really fun to be with people who you share a common ground with, like when you prefer the same kind of films, or food, or style. But sometimes, you get into situations where you don’t really agree with your peers. Their views and principles clash with yours and in their eyes, it often comes down to “It’s okay, everybody’s doing it!”. You still want to be liked and accepted though, so it can be hard to turn them down. This is where the peer pressure dilemma comes in.
I believe that peer pressure can be either negative or positive, and not always entirely wrong (Ex. when your friends are encouraging you to be your best self). But I often dealt with the negative side of peer pressure. Growing up, I’ve been in a lot of situations where I was told to just follow the “norm.” I would often get scared of not being liked or not being able to fit in if I said “no”—the situation can get really awkward and nerve-racking. But as time went by, I realized that saying “no” and standing up for what I believed in just shows how I value myself. There are times when your peers (and even society at large) can push you to do things, but maybe there are just situations in which we can just agree to disagree and simply be more understanding of one another.

By Julia Tabor

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