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A Personal Account On Vaping -

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Peer Pressure

Do you let others influence what you feel is right? If you do, you are experiencing peer pressure. Many factors including social interactions, media, or even music can apply pressure to conform. It can be extremely difficult to say no but that no just might save your entire future.
So why do we feel these pressures? Well Dr. B. J. Casey from the Weill Medical College of Cornell University wrote that “teens are very quick and accurate in making judgments and decisions on their own and in situations where they have time to think. However, when they have to make decisions in the heat of the moment or in social situations, their decisions are often influenced by external factors like peers”.
Unfortunately not many stop and think about the consequences of their actions. Consequences of making poor choices might not even begin to appear until later in your life, but they can be severe and ugly.
Some ask how movies inflict a sort of peer pressure upon us. There are many movies (Wolf of Wall Street, Scarface, Pineapple Express) which glorify drugs as a great thrill and the reason why people become incredibly wealthy and successful. Of course drug use is everything but a thrill in the real world.

How can music lure us towards actions we will regret? Many underestimate the power of music. Music can change a person’s mood or thoughts. Many explicit songs reference drugs such as “Molly” and “cocaine” and these songs being popular among your peers establishes tension. These songs negatively unite those who fell by peer pressure. If there’s a group of people who all make poor choices and you’re the only one who makes the right choices, you feel an urge to be like them. I see friends who I grew up with turn for the worst. Don’t follow a foolish person’s footsteps into a life of despair and regret.

Never let the choices that others make affect who you are. Be you and not who others want you to be. But how can one fight peer pressure?
Here’s the secret: just say no. Simple yet effective. Once is all it takes for you to rise above the danger. Once you say this unbelievably powerful word just once, you have won.

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