Peer pressure is influence that a peer group, observers or individual exerts that encourages others to change their attitudes, values, or behaviors to conform the group norms. Social groups affected include membership groups, in which individuals are “formally” members (such as political parties and trade unions), or social cliques in which membership is not clearly defined. A person affected by peer pressure may or may not want to belong to these groups and want to scream. They may also recognize dissociative groups with which they would not wish to associate, and thus they behave adversely, in ways concerning that group’s behaviors.
Peers become an important influence on behavior in teenage years. Peer pressure is part of growing up for most people. Peer pressure is mostly referring to risky or dangerous activities like delinquency, drug abuse, sexual behaviors, and reckless driving. The risky activities are often happening in the company of other teens. If your friends are doing risky things – it’s likely that you will too. Peer pressure can also have positive effects! Some teens are pressured by their peers to volunteering for charity or get good grades.