Viewing Extensive Issues On A Spectrum: Is Peer Pressure Harmful Or Helpful?

When people hear about peer pressure, they’ll typically think about drugs and alcohol and anything that is essentially harmful. Not once will they bother re-evaluating the concept of peer pressure, nor will they bother thinking about the good possibilities coming from peer pressure itself (Peer Pressure 0025). It is vital for one to at least understand the idea of peer pressure and what effects it results into. I strongly believe that despite its tough nature, peer pressure can be considered a benefit for any individual (Peer Pressure).

Peer pressure is of course a situation that causes one to become conflicted over their morals and desires. However, this is what makes it so useful; peer pressure provokes people to make challenging decisions. It raises the chance of an individual being able deviate from their normal everyday choice-making to reading a situation as proficiently as they possibly can. Whether a person is being pressured to smoke pot or do church services, it’s up to them to decide what they want to do. Anyone who is stuck in this situation can take the opportunity to decide for themselves. If you consider the fact that people are forced to make all sorts of decisions for as long as they are alive, peer pressure can help one to experience the challenge of decisiveness at first-hand.

Secondly, peer pressure serves as a rite of passage.  Whatever decision you choose, you will learn from. Typically, people give in and later realize that they’ve developed a problem or they’ve achieved something good. In that type of situation, they learn that they’ve either done wrong or right. Thus, leading them to distinguish between their rights, wrongs, and the gray areas in between. Anyone who has supposedly chosen a bad route WILL  soon realize what kind of choices they were facing in the first place. And let’s say a person in your age group pressured you to do something useful/productive like drawing, writing, volunteering, etc. If you decided to give into any of their suggestions, it depends on whether or not you like it or gain anything from it. The most important thing is that you’ve ended up learning more about what you want in life, just by doing something you haven’t done much of before. In other cases, you can surely give your name a better reputation; anything could happen and you can surely find something slightly positive within your end results. Because again, the thing that matters the most is that you were able to learn from your experience with peer pressure. Not sure if anyone has forgotten, but learning is essential and is a good thing. You need to learn in order bend things around to make something of use to you, and peer pressure should be seen as a form of learning. It could’ve been yourself, someone else, or anything that you’ve learned. Whatever it is, you’ve found something that has helped you in some sort of way, and what lead to that was peer pressure itself.

It’s obvious that peer pressure can involve drugs as long as the instigator insists you take them. Of course the person will push you to feel obligated to drink if they insist. But must it really be associated with only drugs and alcohol use? (A. Crawford, B. Novak) Your friend could also force you to find interest in a new store to shop at, or telling you to work for a soup kitchen for positive recognition. It doesn’t always have to be as compromising or bad as drugs, peer pressure can be linked to anything in between good or bad.

If there’s anything else I should add for you to consider, it is that us humans learn in many different ways, especially through experience. Experience is what we learn the most from, because we do things based off of it everyday. Knowing this will allow us to embrace the existence of peer pressure and understand the good parts about it. People always desire to gain something from any act they take on. It’s a quality of us that leads us to work towards any goals we have in mind. Peer pressure does not hesitate to take advantage of this human characteristic, so that’s why we usually give into it; we want to get something good out of peer pressure. Thus, people who pressure you into doing something will try giving you a good reason to do it (i.e. “Volunteer at our church! You get hours coupled with your high school credit and every boss will want to hire you!”). It’s always up to you to decide, and being decisive will become of great use to you. So again, peer pressure doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing. It helps hone your ability to decide quickly and effectively while letting you choose what you want to gain from it. That’s the interesting part about peer pressure, you can confront your own ethicality and what you truly want; even if you say “no,” you get the benefit of making the best choice for yourself.

To sum it all up, peer pressure shapes your aptitude of making quick & sensible decisions. Peer pressure can be seen as a form of learning and can help you make better decisions in the future. So parents in the future should tell their kids that they should take advantage of peer pressure. That they should learn how to use it for their own sake, to help them find their way to their own ambitions. They should be taught to understand that peer pressure is more than just drugs and alcohol; that it’s a tool to get through their complicated lives. Children should be taught that they have to become well-decisive, and through the constant presence of peer pressure, it helps them make better decisions. Instead of overlooking peer pressure as a black and white idea, why not look for the obvious gray areas within it, and make it useful to yourselves? Because after all, peer pressure will not disappear no matter how completely harmful you think it is. It’s about time we started making good use out of it, as it’ll exist for as long as humans are still around.

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