by Grace Ericsson
Peer pressure is when a group, of normally friends, are pushing or encouraging other individuals in their group to do something like changing their attitude, values, or behaviors.
Peer pressure is something that 8th grader are struggling with today because everyone wants to fit in in middle school / junior high and all they want are friends and to fit in. So when the "friends" tell the kid to do something that is bad or something, such as stealing, that is called peer pressure. Most of the time the person will do whatever it is that the "friend" said to do. They do it because they want to be excepted and will do anything just to be with the "popular people" or something.
The photo is a great example peer pressure because it looks a lot like it. You can normally see when peer pressure is happening because there is normally a large group of people looking at one or two other people and they are almost harassing them. They are encouraging, in a bad way, to do something that is most likely something that is bad or something that the person/people are uncomfortable doing.
28 percent of teenagers agreed that giving in to peer pressure improved their social standing and nearly half of those surveyed admitted to picking on someone only after a friend picked on that person. (http://teens.lovetoknow.com/Statistics_on_Peer_Pre...
Peer pressure is the biggest struggle for 8th graders because middle school for the most part to almost everyone is all about fitting in, and being popular, and having cool friends. A lot of people think that in order to fit in and be popular you have to get in the cool group and most of the time, the only way to do that is make the cool kids like you. People try to get the cool kids to like them by doing anything they want. Which would be considered peer pressure.