Is Peer Pressure a Big Deal?

My Bright Spark

Peer pressure affects all age groups and is one of the main causes of stress. Until recently, peer pressure was perceived as a childhood problem — a problem adults do not need to cope with anymore. However, recent studies show that the pressure to behave or dress like others, or to enjoy the same things others do, is always present in our lives regardless of how old we are.

One of the reasons why peer pressure is so strong among children is the fear of strangers. Anyone whose speech, appearance or behavior are very different may cause anxiety among his or her peers. Children like to wear similar clothes, they tend to like the same cartoons and dislike the same types of foods because they wanted to be accepted as a part of the group. Peer pressure among children often results in a lack of tolerance and the formation of…

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