In order to avoid the fallacy of hasty conclusion, to a large extent, nobody wants to be treated anyhow. We are in an age whereby ‘ego’ has become an important factor. It feels good to realize one’s worth, it feels better to achieve success, being appreciated and acknowledged by others is one of the best feelings one can ever have. But being appreciated by people is quite relative, so here comes the pressure of‘how to please people around’. No matter what everyone belongs to a certain age group and each group has its attributes. The most crucial and deciding age range of all is ‘adolescence’.
Adolescence is the time when a person is most susceptible to peer pressure. The age there-in ranges from twelve to nineteen. The peers become a significant influence on behavior, mentality, dress-mode, in general lifestyle during this age range. Children entering this period in life start to become aware of what the immediate environment dictates; the trend, the system, and all that. They also start to notice people around them and realize the importance of perceptions in their interactions. This conformity is most pronounced with respect to style, taste, values, and ideology.
However it is essential for children entering adolescence, to be engaged in social activities, thereby opening them to most opportunities and the most positive experiences, but this as well may increase the probability of been involved in bad behavior, depending on the norms in the group. Peer pressure (social pressure) is the direct influence on people by peers or the effect on an individual who gets encouraged by their attitudes, values in order to conform to the influencing groups or individual.
Most often peer pressure is caused by the intense desire to fit into the trend, also trying to avoid rejection and gain social acceptance. Child upbringing is very crucial in the life of man, because it dictates to a large extent, what one might become in the nearest future, lack of structure at home, such as poor parent-children relationship, dishonesty and trust issue within the family, lower children self esteem and make them easily susceptible to social influence. Dealing with peer pressure is a must done task and nothing should stop one from dealing with it. Saying NO like one means it fortifies the walls of one’s personality and consistent execution of this modifies the mind to the right path. Attaining change in a man’s life is quite hard but loving the moment sees one through the pain, “love your new self, shun the immediate pressure, keep the right company (friends).”