Humans as children and teenagers. Some examples of

Humans are social creatures by nature so it is no wonder that everyone wants to be liked and feel accepted. Peer pressure is a strong influence on us by the people of similar age or status – our peers. We may notice that many of our friends or schoolmates skip classes or listen to certain music. If we succumb to that pressure we start mimicking them, usually out of fear that others may make fun of us if we don’t blend in the group. Many people believe that peer pressure ends with adolescence but adults experience peer pressure just as much as children and teenagers. Some examples of peer pressure in adults are buying a certain car model, working for certain company or being very thin in case of women. With the rapid advancement of technology during the past decade, peer pressure has gained a whole new dimension to it in a form of digital interaction. Nowadays, people spend hours on social media trying to boost their social status. The number of times someone clicks the like button under our photo or post somehow becomes a measure of our popularity. People who are dissatisfied with the attention they get on social media may feel pressured to imitate persons who have much more “likes” than them. This kind of behavior can leave children, teenagers, and adults feeling confused about their own sense of identity. But not everything is bad – there are various benefits from social media use as well, such as exposure to new ideas, increase in self-confidence and socialization.  Peer pressure can have both good and bad consequences. Someone may decide to quit smoking if they are always in a company of non-smokers which is an example of good peer pressure. There is a saying that you become like five people that you share most of your time with, if you want to avoid bad peer pressure the best thing you can do is choose your friends wisely.