Wanting to feel part of something or accepted can put pressure on you. You could be experiencing peer pressure if you’re acting in certain ways because you want to be accepted by the people you hang out with. You might be doing something you wouldn’t normally do, or participating in the act of something you don't want to do..
What can peer-pressure influence?
Your appearance (hair and clothing)
Who you date
What music you listen to
The Different Types of Peer-Pressure
Persuasive Peer Pressure
This type of peer-pressure is verbalized
A teenager asks, suggests, persuades or otherwise directs another to engage in a specific behavior. The power of peer pressure is sometimes determined by the numbers. If there is a group, than the teenager is more likely to give in.
Silent Peer Pressure
This type of peer pressure is lead by example
A teenager is exposed to the actions of one or more peers and is left to choose whether they want to follow along. This could take the form of fashion choices, personal interactions, unhealthy choices or risky behaviors
On the Spot Peer Pressure
Direct or In-direct
A teenager is approached with choices that may put them on the spot, like being handed an alcohol beverage, or someone making a sexual advance, or being directed to behave in a way that they wouldn't normally behave. They have to make a decision right at that moment
A teenager will act in a way that goes against their values, morals and ethics. They look at their peers and want to be accepted by those that may have a stronger peer influence and they my find themselves in the position of following unhealthy and risky behaviors.
This is when a group of your peers are practicing healthy decisions and participating activities that are aligned with their principles. The group is pushing each other to be the best version of themselves. Also you may have a single peer who leads by example; making good grades in school that influences others to do the same.