Peer Pressure: Dangerous?

Sydni Bratthauar, Writer

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We all know the term peer pressure. It’s been crowding us since we’ve entered school, even in the ‘real world’. We know what its effects are and sometimes those effects aren’t what we wanted them to be. So, is peer pressure dangerous, or is it being used for the wrong things?

The literal translation of peer pressure is the influence from members of one’s peer group. This definition makes peer pressure sound less effective than it actually is. Peer pressure causes people to do things they normally wouldn’t do, like smoke or drink. It causes people harm, physically and mentally.

Peer pressure can make others do things they normally wouldn’t but it also causes people to reevaluate. They reevaluate their choices, their friends. They ask, “Are the people I hang out with truly my friends? Will they have my back when I don’t want to do something or will they push me to do that something?”

Peer pressure can cause people to do very bad things, like rob a store, which is pretty extreme. But it isn’t always bad. Some experiences could be good and fun. Sometimes your friends know what you need more than you do.

Peer pressure is a term that could be either good or bad. You just need to know when it’s happening and judge for yourself if this peer pressure is beneficial or the opposite.