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Saturday 17 August 2019

Peer pressure has both positives and negatives

AOIFE MCCORMACK

EVERYDAY MANY teenagers feel pressured into doing things they don't necessarily want to do. Whether it's agreeing to things, just for the sake of harmony in a group, or changing your opinions altogether just to fit in.

Pressure is not always a bad thing. It helps us to stay focussed on exams and it helps us to push the boundaries on what we think are our limits. Pressure can come from many sources: the media, our teachers, our parents and our peers.

For us teenagers our peers are the most influential people in our daily lives. Their thoughts and opinions impact greatly on ours. Sometimes we listen to their voices before we even listen to our own.

Peer pressure can have both positive and negative effects. Sometimes we benefit hugely from the advice and guidelines our peers give us. However the peer pressure we hear most about is negative. It usually is a connection with cigarettes, alcohol and finally drugs. While taking these drugs at an early age may

seem trivial to teenagers now, some people become dependant and addicted.

The way we act is often determined by our fellow peers. Even things as minor, like the way we dress can be altered by the type of people we choose to spend our time with.

Trying to fit in is an everyday struggle for teenagers, if we have to change our style and appearance, how much further are we willing to go to belong?

Being popular in today's society is a coveted role, with only some people having the will to grasp it. But if being liked by everyone means that we change our thoughts and opinions on a daily basis, is it really worth it?

Teenagers sometimes find it hard to have their voices heard. They feel the pressure to conform to be so great that they lose who they truly are, they lose their voice. I think we all know when the time comes, to speak up and be heard. All you can do is be yourself and hope people like you for you. So be unique, be individual, be you!

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