The Types of Peer Pressure Teenagers Face
In today’s world, teenagers are influenced by many things. Some of those things include
television, music, and sports, but the most important influence on a teenager is their peers.
Teenagers desire approval from their peers more than anything else. They will go to any extreme
to fit in. When their peers do something, they want to do it, too. Teenagers want to blend in with
the crowd. There are many different types of things teens are pressured to do by their peers such
as drinking, smoking, doing drugs, having sex, and being thin.
The pressure to drink is one type of pressure that teenagers face from their peers. Almost
every teen has tried alcohol, and many are regular drinkers. Teens think drinking makes them
look cool. At parties and other social gatherings, teens are pressured to drink because it is
considered an expected party activity. Alcohol doesn’t seem dangerous to many teenagers,
therefore, they continue to drink. Drinking alcohol is one of the first types of peer pressure that
teens will have to face. If they give in to the first pressure, they could very easily be swayed to
A second type of peer pressure on teenagers is smoking cigarettes. Every day, numerous
teenagers are pressured to smoke cigarettes, and many of these teens begin smoking on a daily
basis. The pressure to smoke starts at an early age, and teens think that it makes them look older
and cooler. The pressure on teens to smoke is everywhere. It is on television and billboards. It is
at parties, school, home, sporting events, social gatherings. Teens see smoking everywhere and
can be very easily persuaded to try smoking by their peers.
Doing drugs is another type of peer pressure for teenagers to face. Teens tend to begin
using drugs because they think it will make their problems go away. Many teens are pressured to