These peers also impact you by the way they dress and act, the activities they participate in, and the attitudes they exhibit. Peers affect others because they want to fit in, be like the peers they admire, do what others do, or have what others have. They also may be influenced by their peers.
Consider your friends' influence on you. Are there any behaviors associated with your friend group that you find annoying but cannot break away from? If so, then these are behaviors that your friends influence you to do. Your friends influence you by being who they are.
Your teachers also influence you by what they expect of you and how they treat you. For example, if a teacher gives you attention when other people don't get it and treats you with respect, you will learn to trust them and work harder. When they ignore you or treat you disrespectfully, you will begin to not trust them or feel like working hard is not going to help you.
Your parents' role in influencing you starts early in life. They teach you values by what they do and don't let you do. For example, if your parent lets you watch television programs that other people don't allow, then they are teaching you that it's okay for others to not be correct about things and still be respected.
The media also influences us through movies, music, and advertisements.
Aside from personal friends, your peers include other kids your age, such as those in your classroom, church, sports team, or community. They can be positive or negative influences on you.
Peers can be positive or negative influences depending on how they feel about you and what you allow them to do so. If a friend likes you, they will try to help you improve yourself by showing you things you should do or not do. This could be anything from helping you with your homework to going with you to a party. A peer who doesn't like you might try to hurt your feelings by saying things like "You're stupid," or even pushing you down to make you look bad. Sometimes peers will even go as far as hurting others to make you feel bad. For example, if a bully sees you looking up to someone else, they might start calling you names or even hitting you for no reason at all.
Parents, teachers, and other adults play an important role in helping children develop socially. They can give you advice when you need it and support you when you face challenges in your life. All children need these people in their lives to be successful in school and beyond.
Adolescents are always looking to separate themselves from their parents.
Peers, especially group members, serve as crucial social referents. Individual members' opinions and behaviors on numerous cultural and societal issues, such as drug use, violence, and academic accomplishment, are also influenced by peer groups. And even the formation and display of bias against outgroups can be explained by referring to peers as social referents.
People tend to act like what they see around them: peers influence how individuals view themselves and their surroundings. Thus, the actions of fellow group members affect how people think and feel. This is true for both positive and negative influences. A person may look up to confident or courageous individuals who show them that being successful is possible. At the same time, someone may also learn from less fortunate individuals who provide guidance on how to avoid failure or misfortune.
Peer groups can have a strong impact on shaping behavior. For example, students in certain schools or neighborhoods may be more likely to commit crimes due to the actions of other group members. Peer pressure can also cause individuals to engage in behaviors they might otherwise avoid. For example, if most of one's friends drink alcohol, then it becomes easier to consume alcohol too much compared to if most of one's friends did not drink alcohol. This is called selective exposure to peers' behaviors.
Individuals need peers to define them as a member of a social group.
Whether you have excellent friends or not, your peers have a large impact on you. You and your classmates will have different likes, views, and methods of clothing and speaking, as well as different music, cuisine, and sports preferences. Your peer culture is made up of these habits and preferences.
For example, if your friend likes the same kind of music that you do, then you are more likely to listen to it too. If they wear clothes that you like, then you are more likely to buy them too. If they talk about movies and games that you find interesting, then you are more likely to watch those things too. In other words, your peer group influences you through what they do and how they act.
Your peer group can also influence you by something called "social proof." This means that you may be more likely to do something if others do so as well. For example, if everyone else in your class eats lunch together outside, then you are more likely to do the same. Or if all your friends go to the party scene often, then you may feel compelled to follow suit too.
Finally, your peer group can influence you by their reaction to you. If your friend laughs at your jokes or tells you that his favorite band is playing next weekend, then you are more likely to go out dancing or visit a concert with him.