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Peer pressure and conformity are shown in many adolescents. As adolescents grow, they are experiencing physical, mental, emotional, and social changes. The girls and boys are going through puberty, and their hormones are unstable. Having all of these changes occur, many adolescents like the sense of "fitting in" with their peers. Peer pressure occurs when one or more adolescents are pressures to do something that they probably would not do it there was no pressure put upon them. For example, a girl hangs out with her friends everyday, and one day her friends ask her to skip school with them. Alone, the same girl might not think about skipping school, but because her friends are pressuring and teasing, she decides to go. If she did not go with her "friends," she might have been teased or beaten up. Conformity comes about once the boy or girl has completely changed for the group that he or she hangs out with. For example, there is a boy who has to wear black to hang out with a particular group of friends. He does not like to wear black initially, but wants to fit in with his "friends." He wears all black to hang out with his friends, and ends up wearing black, dying his hair black, and painting his fingernails black. Now, he loves black, and will not stop wearing all black. He was initally peer pressures to wear black, and now he has conformed, and will not stop wearing black.
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Nov 9th, 2015
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