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Katrina Anne M. Ricarte 1B1 Oct. 4, 2012 English I Prof. Chat Licuanan
Essay- Cause and Effect

Under Pressure

Most of the youth nowadays often feel left out by everything and everyone around them. The mindset of teenagers today is that being cool is to be accepted and loved by the people around them. Because of this, they try things which they are not exactly comfortable with, and perform actions which result to the destruction of their personhood. This paper intends to discuss the negative effects of peer pressure on the physical, mental and emotional health of teenagers.

Peer pressure is a social pressure by members of one’s peer group. This pushes an individual to take a particular action, to adopt certain values, and to take in things that could have negative effects on one’s physical health. All of these just to be conformed by one’s peer group. Everyone experiences this in certain points of their lives, but some give in and sink in too deep that once they are influenced negatively by their peers, it’s very hard to get back up. There are two kinds of peer pressure; it could either be positive or negative, though it is more often portrayed as negative. It could also be done directly, indirectly or individually. However it may be done, peer pressure is like a tornado that would destroy everything it hits, especially those who are weak.

In a group of friends, there is always someone who drinks, smokes, or does drugs. There is always a source of influence. If for example you become friends with someone who smokes, and one day that person offers you a cigarette and tells you that it is not a big deal—because of peer pressure you are forced to take action. So you accept and smoke, even though you don’t like it. Everyday you are with this person, you are pushed to smoke again and again. If you were the kind of person who is insecure and looking for acceptance (which the majority of...
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