If you don’t know what peer pressure is, peer pressure is when you see someone (usually a friend) doing something, and you are encouraged to do it, changing your behavior. Peer pressure can lead to beneficial things such as throwing trash in the nearest bin, comforting someone sad, respecting other people, etc. Peer pressure can also lead to harmful things, such as bullying, breaking objects when angry, etc., but is it more beneficial or harmful?
I personally think that peer pressure is more harmful than beneficial because I think people do harmful things like stealing, bullying, etc. more than beneficial things. Less people are doing beneficial things, but they still try to influence others not to do harmful things.
I have been affected by peer pressure, because some of my friends have a sense of humor, and I decided to joke just like they do, which is quite beneficial because I can talk to my friends better. Apparently, not just my level of humor has changed, but my behavior too. I have been more talkative than I used to, and sometimes I talk or procrastinate when the lesson is going on, which results in not finishing the work on time or disturbing the class, or even getting the points deducted and worse results, which is harmful. I have been trying to make myself quieter and pay attention to the teacher in the class, and talk when it’s not class time, but my friends sometimes still try to encourage me to talk during class time. Most of my friends do that, but they don’t when it’s something important such as an exam or test. Based on this, peer pressure is more harmful than beneficial. Harmful peer pressure can also create fights.
My behavior changes overtime because of peer pressure. Sometimes my behavior is bad, sometimes it’s good. I mostly try not to show bad behavior, because I get easily embarrassed and I might get a punishment. I am also trying to say no when someone wants me to do something bad.
If you want to stop other people being influenced by your bad behavior, you should also stop it. If you stop, other people might think that you have stopped that behavior because it’s not good, so they will also stop. For example, you like to insult other students in your school, which results in other students to insult you too. After thinking twice, you stop insulting because it’s harmful. Eventually, no more students will insult others.
What are your thoughts about peer pressure? Is it more beneficial or harmful? And why?
I'm a grade six student. My nickname (maybe) is Fauzan.