Peer pressure is when your friends or people in your life try to make you do things that you do not want to do, are unsure of, or are not ready for.
Making decisions on your own can be difficult, but when other people get involved and try to pressure you one way or another it can be even harder.
People who are your age, like your classmates, are called peers. When they try to influence how you act to get you to do something, this is called peer pressure. It’s something everyone has to deal with, even adults.
Why Do People Give in to Peer Pressure?
Young people might give in to peer pressure because they want to be liked, to fit in, or because they worry that other kids might make fun of them if they don’t go along with the group. Others go along because they are curious to try something that their friends are doing.
The idea that “everyone’s doing it” can influence some people to make bad choices.