--Original published at Hope's PSY105 Blog
Option 1 – Use the tag “Social”
People are often told to resist peer pressure and think for themselves, but as we’ve learned, this is more easily said than done. Too often, especially for teens, this advice is not followed with concrete recommendation about ways to resist pressure from others. I want you to identify three websites that provide methods for resisting peer pressure and discuss how likely you think the strategies they provide are to be successful. Make sure to explain your rationale using what we’ve learned in class and your textbook. Each of the three websites need to be targeted at a different audience but you may select the audiences you want to use (e.g., college students, athletes, parents, artists). Make sure to include links to the websites as part of your post.
Peer pressure is defined as “influence from members of one’s peer group.” This is not always a school setting, but more likely than not that is the setting someone would think of when addressing peer pressure. Peer pressure can occur in any setting and in any situation. Some other places include work, sports teams, and friend groups outside of school.
In college, there always seems to be this constant pressure to go out and party on the weekends, but not everyone wants to do so, and that is okay. College peer pressure is different than when you’re in high school because you do not have the reassurance of your parents that you’re making the right decisions all the time. Part of becoming an adult is being able to handle the peer pressure a little bit better on your own and showing that you are able to stand up for yourself and what you believe in.
Teens already seem to targeted when it comes to peer pressure, but by adding in another element of being on a sports team that could increase or decrease tremendously. This website encourages teen athletes to have a balanced life (not just involved in that sport but also involved in music or art), using relaxation techniques, and there are also tips for parents to stay calm and not help make it worse for the student. I think these tips are helpful, because as a student-athlete in middle school and high school, I found it much easier to stay away from peer pressure by having multiple outlets of expressing myself.
This next website points out that peer pressure in the workplace should help you improve your knowledge, not push you to do something you do not want to do. Things like making comments about a co-worker who is chronically late or replying to a chain email sent by a co-worker simply because everyone else is can be problems that people want to involve you in, but you may not want to. With being an adult, you should just have to say, “I’d rather not get involved” and leave it at that, but sometimes people will try to egg you on. Speaking to a colleague or supervisor could help alleviate the situation, or just simply ignoring it.