Hello again, amazing people! Princess Q’Zion is back for another amazing blog entry! So, calling all teenagers, I have a question for you: have you ever been in a situation where all of your friends were doing something, (it could be smoking, drinking, dating, skipping school, etc.), and you felt like you had to do it, too? ✨
If you read my post a few days ago, then you probably already know that this is called negative peer pressure. I gave you all some tips on how you can positively deal with negative peer pressure. But, I never told you the actual effects of it.
You might not know this, but according to a study, 90% of teens has reported of being a victim of peer pressure. This is exactly why I wanted to share with you guys the effects that negative peer pressure can effect a person.
So, are you ready?
- It can decrease a person’s self-esteem or confidence. ✨
When a person feels forced or teased about something, it can make them feel bad about themselves, as they can begin to feel like they aren’t as good or worthy as those who are participating in the negative behavior. It can also cause them to feel as though they need validation or approval from others, therefore causing them to feel lesser about how they feel about themselves.
And, if the situation gets worse, this can actually escalate to medical conditions that relate to anxiety or depression. This is just one of the possible affects of negative peer pressure.
2. A person’s grades can lower of fluctuate. ✨
As teenagers, a lot of us feel the need to be accepted by our peers. We have the want to fit-in, have friends, and be accepted by everybody else. Sometimes, in worse cases, this could even mean that acceptence becomes a priority over a person’s grades. If a teenager is pressured to skip school or classes, then their grades could easily turn for the worst.
This not only affects their academics, but, depending on what their skipping school to do, could ruin their future, as well.
3. The person being pressured may begin to engage in self harm. ✨
If a person feels anxious about a situation, or like they don’t belong, then eventually, it could cause them to want to harm themselves. No matter how hard this truth is to face, a lot of teenagers have actually committed suicide as a result of peer pressure or bullying.
It is easy to think it’s funny when you are pressuring a person, but it’s not so laughable once you realize what it can do to a person.
Okay, everybody! I really hope that you learned from these 3 effects of negative peer pressure.
If you are going through this, please always remember this:
The person or people who are pressuring you are doing it because they are being pressured to do it, and/or they have low confidence or self-esteem. Also, never be afraid to ask for help. Your peers might say that you are a ‘snitch’, but standing up for yourself isn’t a bad thing. Just, make sure, that you never use violence to do so. We must remember not to fight back in violence, but fight back in love.
I hope you all have a wonderful, healthy, and happy day! See you next time, amazing people! ✨