- Peer pressure is the influence exerted by a peer group, encouraging individuals to change their attitudes, values, behaviors, etc, in order to conform to group norms.
- Peer pressure is most commonly associated with youth, in part because most youth spend large amounts of time in schools and other fixed groups that they do not choose and are seen as lacking the maturity to handle pressure from friends.
- Also, young people are more willing to behave negatively towards those who are not members of their own peer groups.
- Peers influence your life, even if you don't realize it, just by spending time with you. You learn from them, and they learn from you. It's only human nature to listen to and learn from other people in your age group.
- Sometimes peers influence each other in negative ways. For example, a few kids in school might try to get you to cut class with them, your soccer friend might try to convince you to be mean to another player and never pass her the ball, or a kid in the neighborhood might want you to drink alcohol with him.
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