Do you know why teenagers face problems of diversion in ambition, restrain from hard work, etc. ? Do you know peer pressure probably effects teenagers negatively? So, here are the things that basically describe the negative effects of peer pressure on teenagers.
Peer pressure (or social pressure) is basically the direct effect on an individual who gets encouraged to follow their peers by changing their attitudes, values or behaviors to conform to those of the influencing group or individual. This can result in either a positive or negative effect, or both.
There has been considerable study regarding the negative effects of peer pressure on teenagers. However, peer pressure can affect individuals of all ethnicity, genders, and ages, however. Peer pressure has moved from strictly face-to-face interaction to digital interaction as well. Social media offers opportunities for adolescents and adults alike to instill or experience pressure every day. Research suggests that not just individuals but also organizations, such as large corporations, are susceptible to peer pressures.
Effects of peer pressure:
In teenagers, peer pressure results in:
- choosing the same clothes, hairstyle, or jewelry as their friends.
- listening to the same music or watching the same TV shows as their friends.
- changing the way, they talk, or the words they use.
- taking risks or breaking rules.
- not working hard at school
- dating or taking part in sexual activities.
- smoking or drinking alcohol.
Teens who experience poor self-esteem, those who feel they have few friends, and sometimes those with special needs might be more likely affected by peer pressure. These teens might feel that the only way they will be included and accepted in social groups is by taking on the behavior, attitudes and look of a group.
When to be concerned:
If you notice changes in your teen’s mood, behavior, eating or sleeping patterns, which you think are because of one’s friends, it might be time to have a talk with him. You want to pay more attention to your teen’s mental health and well being.
Warning signs include:
- low moods, tearfulness, or feelings of hopelessness.
- aggression or antisocial behavior that is not usual for your child.
- sudden changes in behavior, often for no obvious reason.
- trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or waking early.
- loss of appetite or over-eating.
- reluctance to go to school.
- withdrawal from activities your child used to like.
- statements about wanting to give up, or life not being worth living.
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When the Pressure’s On:
Sometimes, stresses in your life can actually come from your peers. They, however, may pressure you into doing something you are uncomfortable with, such as shoplifting, taking drugs or drinking, taking dangerous risks when driving a car, or having sex before you feel ready.
This pressure may be expressed openly (“Oh, come on — it’s just one beer, and everyone else is having one”) or more indirectly — simply making beer available at a party, for instance.
The pressure to conform can be powerful and hard to resist. A person might feel pressure to do something just because others are doing it. Peer pressure can influence a person to do something that is relatively harmless — or something that has more serious consequences. Giving in to the pressure to dress a certain way is one thing — going along with the crowd to drink or smoke is another.
Children at risk of negative peer pressure and influence:
Some children probably feel that the only way they will be included and accepted in social groups is by acceptance to peer pressure. Also, peer pressure is strongest in early to middle adolescence. Boys are more likely to give in to peer pressure than girls.
Say you are sitting around with some friends playing video games and someone mentions a particular game that happens to be one of your favorites. “Oh, that game’s easy. So not worth the time,” one of your friends says dismissively. The others agree. Inwardly, you know that it is a game you happen to enjoy quite a lot but, outwardly, not wanting to debate the issue, you go along with the crowd. You have just experienced what is commonly referred to as peer pressure.
Who are my child’s peers?
Your child’s peers are those they admire and consider playing an important role in their life. Depending on your child’s lifestyle, they may have several different peer groups. They generally come from places where your child spends their time – at school, in sport or hobby groups and in the local neighborhood. If your child uses the internet, their peers can also include people they meet online through forums and social media platforms.
Self-esteem and mental health issues:
It is important to remember that peer pressure is a normal part of adolescence. As your child starts moving away from the parent-child relationship and seeking their own independence and identity, their peers play an important role in their lives.
Peer pressure is something that causes conflict in an individual’s life. The feeling of not fitting in, not being good enough, and not being a part of the “group” overwhelms and takes over the mindset of a regular teen. High stress and hurtful experiences seem to always be the result to giving to peer pressure because of the endless amount of negative aspects that can come with it. Statistics say between 20% – 30% of adolescents report symptoms of depression because of peer pressure.
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