People don't really realize that peer pressure can come from anybody, not just your friend. It's basically a dare. This can come from both enemies or friends. So, technically, a person can dare someone else to kill themselves. This means that death threats are a form of peer pressure. So, if people ASK whether peer pressure is good or bad, the answer is neither; it's just the fact that the intensity of the things done in peer pressure is often more bad than good.
In my opinion, peer pressure is bad because it can cause harm and ruin a person's life. For example, I'm not a smoker or a drinker but my friends are doing and they think that I should do it to. They say things such as ...."c'mon its cool, it's fun"
Adolescence brings with it lots of fear, uncertainty and awkwardness. Everything in their lives is changing at this time. Being a member of a gang or group gives them a feeling of self worth and acceptance. They move away from their parents emotionally and use their friends as their support network looking to them for sympathy and companionship. They can almost lose the ability to think for themselves and become so dependent on the group that they lose their individuality.
Peer pressure, in most cases is harmful as it keeps one from doing the right thing because the right thing is not often the most popular. Most cases of drug consumption, teenage smoking and drinking are all because of peer pressure, in an attempt for those individuals to look “cool”.
But peer pressure does not just take place in school amongst middle and high school students. It takes place in college too! There is another type of peer pressure called ragging and hazing. There have been many instances of ragging and hazing in colleges. Hazing is a more cruel form of ragging. This occurs when senior students pick on the juniors and force them to do unwanted activities. In fact, these activities are so common, that these days it is almost like a religion to practice them.
Peer pressure is beneficial not harmful. People only think about the negative because of media and in everyday life a big percentage of people find the negative thing more interesting. Nobody's interested when good things happen, its when the bad things happen and the media gets straight to work, trying to get the situation as negative as possible. Yes, there are bad things about peer pressure such as your peers getting you to take drugs or to drink alcohol under aged. But that's about it. There are so many positives, to many I can't list them all. Peer pressure can get you trying new things, enjoying something you wouldn't of thought that you'd of enjoyed, help you learn from your mistakes and grow as a person. There are so many more. Just because you've read a magazine and it says something, or your friend is telling you something, check again. Search the web, ask others about what they've heard, because it's most likely your friend has got it from a source that has rarely any good things. A magazine on celebs for example. Media always shows the negative not te positive. It's time to prove to people that things aren't true and they shouldn't judge people or something from what they've read, because the chances are that these things weren't as worse as they seem to be. Peer pressure is beneficial NOT harmful!
Peer pressure is the influence that forces one to do what they do not like and acquire bad habits. Peer pressure compels us to adopt certain habits that can ruin our life . It is possible that you do not smoke or do not like partying every weekend . But peer pressure is very powerful . It can turn you from a non- smoker to a chain smoker . Many people drink against their will just because of peer pressure. Peer pressure can also make you a drug addict . Thus, i say peer pressure can just destroy and ruin your life. Its harmful.