"Come on, everyone else is doing it."
"Don't be a wimp."
"You dress like my parents."
"Come on, you never do anything wrong."
These statements and many more, are examples of peer pressure. But peer pressure can also be quiet and subtle. Kaplan says, "Teens who act a certain way because they believe their friends expect that from them are feeling peer pressures, whether or not the expectation is linked to a threat of being left out". Sometimes teens and their friends all want the same thing. At other times, teens act against what they privately want just to stay part of the group.
This makes teenagers sometimes do drugs or alcohol, I was amazed but it is true. Last Friday I went to a party and this friend of mine was smoking and to be sincere I had seen other friends smoking and I told them not to do that. Well the thing is that in this party this friend came to me and offered me cigarette so I can smoke a little bit. I can’t believe but in that moment I actually thought about it! Like I said to myself why not? But like 2 seconds later I said, "No, thanks". Thank God I am intelligent and I know how to make wise decisions but a person that is not feeling secure about himself or a person that just wants to fit in a group WILL TRY IT and that’s not good at all. People should not do drugs or alcohol just for having more friends or for making people like you. A real friend will like you the way you really are! If not, you are making a fake friend an unreliable one and, a friend that might take you to bad things. Teenagers should not be offering cigar rates to their friends like they are offering a glass of water. Let’s think about our friends and choose them correctly also if a friend is a having problem help him or her!