Peer Pressure

In life friends that an individual gains can prove to be extremely beneficial but they could pose a lot of harm as well. Parents obviously have a huge influence in their kid’s life. Guardians are the people that society deems responsible of teaching their child morals to live by so that they would grow to be a law abiding citizen. No matter how much parents hammer their point of view on living into their child, they don’t have the ability to be with their child 24/7 or be there to influence every decision that’s made. From the day a kid walks into a preschool class or meets his peers in any social setting they’re influenced by the actions committed by others. The environment you live in has a lot of power over you; it decides your whole view on life. One should be cautious of the people that they keep close around with them because of the impact they have on your choices and even your thoughts if you allow them to enter that arena.
At a young age everyone has the desire to fit in and be accepted and usually it’s the cool or popular group that people have a longing to join. Some call this an individual’s instinct, to be in a group that doesn’t have the potential of being laughed at or mocked. The feeling of being lonely can prove to be extremely detrimental to someone’s life and so to prevent this painful isolation, children find people that have the same view of fun as them.
From preschool to the career someone takes on their peer’s influence the way they feel. Being in a group makes someone feel safe and so they do whatever to be accepted into the group even if it goes against the morals enforced by a child’s guardian. This causes a lot of disturbances in families and is what has caused the parent versus the rebellious teen stereotype. At the teenage age is when parent’s morals are questioned because that teen is growing to become their own person. This means the decisions made by a group is also being reexamined but usually ends up being compromised. Some who struggle to get out of a negative influenced group end up involved with illegal activity. Their reason won’t be because the action was bad but it was fun, or at least, that’s what the group called it.
“Most people are not really free. They are confined by the niche in the world that they carve out for themselves. They limit themselves to fewer possibilities by the narrowness of their vision.”
― V.S. Naipaul
“Remember this, I beseech you, all you boys who are getting into the upper forms. Now is the time in all your lives, probably, when you may have more wide influence for good or evil on the society you live in than you ever can have again.”
― Thomas Hughes, Tom Brown’s Schooldays

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