Peer pressure is the direct influence brought on by peers. Peer is a group of people with similar interests, background, or social status. The members of this group are likely to influence the person's beliefs, attitudes and behaviour. It may have negative or positive effect. Peer pressure is most effective during childhood and adolescence. Sex, drugs, movie related stuff, social media and games are the topics of interest in peer groups. Smoking, alcohol and risk taking behaviour are common examples of peer pressure. The behaviour is in effect an imitation , a status symbol of freedom and adulthood, modelling or a desire to fit into the group.
The solution lies in the individual’s capacity to resist. An initial strong denial while remaining in the group and avoiding the first encounter will protect an individual from peer pressure.
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