Peer pressure is when you feel like you have to do something because your friends are doing it. It makes you feel like you have to join in because otherwise you’ll be left out. Just remember that true friends like you for who you are. They respect your decisions. Also, sometimes people are all talk - they talk about doing things like drinking or smoking, but they’re just talking it up to look cool without actually doing it.
Peer pressure affects you when you change your behavior from what you would normally do because of seeing others do it. It becomes even more serious when you change who you are for the worse because of peer pressure.
It can be hard to stand up to people when they peer pressure you. You shouldn’t have to do anything that you don’t want to do. Real friends will respect you - they won’t make you do anything that makes you uncomfortable. Call 1-855-201-2121 if you’re worried about fitting in or need support facing peer pressure.