Is peer pressure positive?

By Sthefany Bedoya

Imagine a girl named Ana. Ana is a very good athlete but doesn't seem to be a good student. Her new friend Sophia is a very good student but does poorly in sports and she's a little overweight. It's spring season and Sophia wants to try out for the lacrosse team and Ana needs to get her grades up or her mom won't let her join a sport. Every day Sophia went to Ana's house to study even when Ana didn't want to. Ana went to Sophia's house and did work outs with her and trained her for lacrosse. They both pushed each other to accomplish there goals which they did. This can happen because of positive peer pressure. positive peer pressure can effect teenagers socially, mentally, and physically.

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Teenagers who hang out with physically active peers are most likely to be physically active (Alice Park). A significant factor in your physical activity is the time you spent with your friends (Alice Park). Researchers said your own physical activity is most likely to be around your four to six closest friends physical activity (Alice Park). The organization Alice Park believes that a subtler approach introducing active teens to less active teens might help teens get of the couch
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Peer pressure can make young people successful by achieving good grades and not engaging in a high risk lifestyle. There's many results in positive peer pressure such as participating in sports and clubs, achieving good grades, being honest, respectful and responsible, volunteering in the community, and can also help you to learn leadership skills (Youth Resources). "Many time you've heard "everyone is doing it" in positive peer pressure it can lead to some changes in there futures because they have expanded there perspective "(Youth Resources). Peer pressure can be a powerful force and sometimes a positive one. Positive peer pressure can help you learn better communication skills
Positive pressure starts with friendships. People have found evidence that kids are mirroring or adjusting to be like there friends. Usually you have a friend because you like to hang out with them and share similar interests (Alice park). "They utilize their similar work ethic, hobbies and interest to create a mutable bonds on which they can base their relationship." (Youth Resources).
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Some people believe that negative peer pressure can effect teenager socially, mentally, and physically. Negative peer pressure can make people make bad decisions but most of the time is not that harmful. Report from FRANK helpline say that teenagers were pressured by there friends to fake drug taking in order to fit with there peers. This is harmless because the kids are not really taking the drugs there just pretending. Also negative peer pressure doesn't happen as often as positive peer pressure.
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Positive peer pressure can effect teenagers socially, mentally, and physically. With Positive peer pressure teenagers can start getting better grades and staying fit. Positive peer pressure can make our next generation smarter. It can also help make obesity levels go down.