Monday, January 6, 2014

Peer Pressure

We all, sometime in our lifetime, feel the pressure from our friends or family to act a certain way, dress a certain way or do certain things...we call this Peer Pressure. Often this might go against what we KNOW we should do. Have you ever been in an uncomfortable situation where you felt pressure to act a certain way? Tell about a time you went along with the crowd, despite the feelings you shouldn't. (Please leave out the names of others!)

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  1. Yes, I have. It was when I just signed up for volleyball. I felt as if I was acting different in a way that I was acting more shy and quiet. A time that I went along with the crowd once was when during an acting class, a couple of kids were not trying because it was the first class and people wanted to look cool as in they weren’t trying. I also didn’t try for like ten minutes because I didn’t want to be a teacher’s pet exactly, I felt bad though. But later on, I ended up raising my hand for everything because my parents paid for this and I didn’t want the money to go to waste. I got a really good part in the play too!
    ~ Quincy

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  2. Yes, I have. When I was in second grade I had won something and I got to bring a friend with me. I had decided what friend I was going to bring with me but my other friend said that if I don’t pick her she wouldn’t be friends with me anymore.I had been friends with that person for a long time then she said that she wouldn’t be friends with me if I didn’t pick her. I was nervous that if I picked one of them the other person who I didn’t pick would feel bad and get mad at me. I had no idea what to do, but I think I ended up making the right choice.
    ~ Kate

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  3. Anna
    So, I don’t have much experience with “going along with the crowd”. But, I have seen other people under peer pressure. One time was when I was at the Franklin Pool, and a bunch of kids were going off the diving board. One kid started chanting, “Back flip! Back flip! Back flip!” at a kid who was on the diving board. A ton of other kids started chanting with the other boy. “Back flip! Back flip! Back flip! Back flip! Back flip!” . The poor boy on the diving board did not want to be embarrassed, so he attempted the back flip and ended up being more embarrassed than he would’ve been if he had not attempted the back flip! He obviously did not know how to do a back flip, because he hit his head really hard on the diving board and got a big cut. The only reason he had done that, was because of the peer pressure. It is not good to be under peer pressure, because you could get hurt or really embarrassed.

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  4. Yes it happens fairly often. When we go to P.E. it really happens, it starts when someone makes a mistake or does something wrong in a game. Everyone yells and shouts at them and they feel like no one cares or get mad and fight back. I usually try to walk away and get out of the room. Most of the time that happens until people crowd around and say their sorry. I hate it some times because I break down and it sucks. If only there wasn't peer pressure!

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  5. Once I’ve been in a situation that I felt I had to act a certain way. There I was, there I was, there I was, I had to make an important decision that I had to choose to quit climbing and play football. This was very stressful to me because I did not want to hurt someones feelings. Also I did not want to quit climbing. So, as you can see, it was VERY stressful. So, I decided to look at my options. I can always play pickup games at the field, or I could just go to climb every once in a while. So I decided to keep on climbing because if I don’t keep on climbing, I lose a lot of privileges in climbing, and I’m not very good at football.

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  6. Yes,this happens to me all the time.When ever I go to somewhere new that I have never been before I am very shy and don't talk and literally be unseen.I feel this I think because I am not crazy about meeting new people. I am not antisocial I just don't like getting to know new people.But I am okay with meeting people if maybe it is not my first time going there or playing a sports game with random kids at my gym or if one of my friends know that person but other than that I feel like I have to be unseen.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Jack Z.

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  7. One time when somebody was hurt, I wanted to look cool, so I just passed by. Now that I look back on that, I realized that that was the wrong thing to do. Now, when somebody is hurt, I always help them.

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  8. I feel like I always do my own thing, and I never go along with the group. I am my own original person, and I try do what is right. At some point, I know this will happen, but for now, I would like to make my own decisions. ~Allie

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  9. One of the times I was under pure pressure when I was playing with my friend down the street and she had a friend over. When I went over they were cutting things like their bedspread and their clothes I didn’t want to join in because they knew they would get in trouble but they ignore the fact that it might happen. Obviously they wanted me to join in but said no. So my neighbor’s friend said if I didn’t cut my hair my neighbor wouldn’t be my friend. So I did, then they didn’t do it with me! I was so mad! When my mom came back to pick me up she saw my hair and was really mad!! I was crying, and telling her I was told to do it. She forgave me after a while and took me to get a hair cut. Now I have learned that no matter how much pure pressure gets put on me I will do whats right.

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  10. In my lifetime I have been in a few different situations when I was under peer pressure. I could go on and on about each one of them, but I am just going to talk about the one that had the biggest impact on my mind, and the one that I remember most of all. It all started during the summer when my babysitter Dom started to teach me a lot about basketball, and I got very good at it. I was interested in swimming but Dom would not let me get away with that. He was convinced that I was a good basketball player and that i should go to the tryouts. So, even though I felt like I should do what I wanted to do I ended up going to the tryouts because I knew if i didn’t then Dom would have my head. I ended up still doing swimming but I had still gone farther with basketball than I had planned to just because of peer pressure. That is my experience with peer pressure.

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  11. A time that I felt peer pressure was when I was at a friend's house. She had another friend over at the time. They were discussing whether or not they believed in Santa. When they asked me if I believed in him after stating that he is a phony, I was pressured by two kids older than me to say that I didn't believe in Santa. So, even though I did believe in him, I said that I didn't.

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  12. Have you ever felt peer pressure? I know that I have and here is a short story about that time. I was in a trio. Until one fateful day, Girl 1 said some really mean things and stormed off. Girl 2 and I were wondering, “Where did that come from? The next day Girl 1 came back and said “You have to choose me or her. Keep in mind that if you choose her, you lose me.” I did not know what to do. Girl 2 was not pressuring me at all. That was nice of her. Finally I decided to be friends with Girl 2 and let Girl 1 go. That turned out to be a really good decision on my part.
    ~Natalie Frisch

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  13. I have felt peer pressure before when I was in third grade. Towards the beginning of the year I was a little shy you might call it. Some of my friends were very hyper and happy. I sort of did what they did even though I didn’t want to or thought I would have fun doing it. For instance, someone wanted to play this game, then so did this person, and so on. Finally it came to me. I didn’t want to do it but everyone else did and I didn’t want to let them down so I said yes. Even though I didn’t like the game or thought it was fun in any shape or form I tried my best not to show it to others. Finally one day they wanted to play the same game again and said NO! I finally stood up for what I felt and walked away with a pleased look on my face. I went to play something I really wanted to play while the other people played the game they wanted to play. Everybody should play by their own rules in life not other peoples.

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  14. ​A time I was under peer presure was when we were doing "just dance" in music class and I didn't want to dance because I'm not good at all, so I didn't dance. The next class we did it again! I really didn't want to but everyone was telling me to So I thought "whatever, I'll just do it" and I danced. And I was still humiliated. But nobody made fun of me.

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  15. A time that I had peer pressure was when I was at a football game. One of my friends was telling me to let blitz even though we had had some one blitzing. He begged every down because he wanted to blitz! All I could think about was that I needed to do something about it. So I started to say maybe every time he asked. Maybe, maybe, maybe, maybe. Until on fourth down and they were marching towards the end zone he asked again. I started to think about it. If we had two people blitzing and 3 people in a zone, then he might get a sack! So on the final time he asked my I said yes. The quarterback said hike and the two blitzers took off. immediately the quarterback throws the ball where are cornerback could catch it. He just barely made the grab and ran it all the way for a touchdown! That was my experience with peer pressure

    Cooper

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  16. Yes. This girl asked me what middle school I was going to. I said Powell. She started to get mad at me. She said she was going to Euclid. I said ok. Soon, she was trying to convince me to go to Euclid. But I continued to stand strong.
    -Julia

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  17. A time when I went along with the crowd was when I did what my friend told me (“Dude it sounds so cool, just do it!”) and then I got injured. Learned my lesson :) I won’t listen to my friend when he tells me to do stuff!

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  18. A time that I have felt pure pressure is when I walked in Mrs. Maxey’s room for the first time. First, I was late because I didn’t know that I was supposed to come, so I came right in the middle of a lesson. It wasn’t that hard to catch up but for the first time in the room it was kind of hard. Also, I didn’t know where anything was and when we were supposed to get something, for example, a piece of paper I kind of just followed everyone else. Last, I felt pure pure pressure when we had to do an assignment. I felt that I needed it to be perfect and perfect format, and I tried the best I could on it. As you can see, I have felt pur pressure before.

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  19. I cant remember specificly when I went along with peer presure.I can remember in third grade there was a girl who was always trying to get me to give up my friend so that they could be friends.I never caved in to it.

    ~Lilly

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  20. I have experienced peer pressure many times. Most the times it happens to me in sports or p.e. My friends are very athletic people, but I’m not the most athletic person. So, they’re all wearing sweats and on competitive sport teams when i'm over here playing rec soccer. It gets hard because girls change their minds like three times every day about who or what they like or are going to stick with (including me.) So anyways, since the big Capture the Flag breakout happened everyone has been playing sports and acting differently. So I thought to my self “You should act like they are.” so I started to. But, I was really not enjoying it because when you're out in recess or p.e everyone knows who the athletes and nonathletes are. Which makes the best of us feel pretty bad knowing that you're not athletic or fast. It’s hard knowing that you're not fast like others.
    -Morgan

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  21. I have had peer pressure put on me before. This happened when I did the talent show for the first time in 3rd grade. Everybody was watching me and I didn’t want to mess up because I was doing it with my friends. I was really nervous and I had to fight the anxiety fluttering inside of me. There was pressure coming from everywhere. My friends, and everybody in the audience. I decided to forget about the anxiety and do my best and everything turned out fine.

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  22. One time when I was captain for capture the flag and there was only one jersey left for one kid. Everyone was yelling at me to pick _______. So I felt so much pressure that I went with the majority and picked ________. Another time I was at my house and my brothers were mad at me because I did not pick them for a football game. They were saying please pick me but I stood my ground and picked who I wanted to. That are the times that I felt pressure.
    -MATT

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  23. Yes, man times. One of them was when I was at Genesee I as pressure to do everything but I have a horrible fear of heights especially with the leap of faith because I'm not very fond of climbing up a thin pole anyway and jumping. I didn't do it but I as sure that if I did I would have to go down.

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  24. A time that I felt peer pressure was when I was in kindergarten and I got a lollipop from one of my teachers and on the bus ride home that day I showed my friend and he said,”Give me that lollipop or I won’t be friends with you,” and to myself I thought,” I don’t want to give him my lollipop I like them and I earned it from a teacher but I still want to be friends with him what should I do?”


    But then I decided what I wanted more and I gave the lollipop to my friend. That day my friend made me do something that I didn't want to do because I wanted to be friends with him. But from what he did I learned a lesson if someone would stop being friends with you over a lollipop you shouldn't be friends with him because he doesn't care about your friendship at all. And I learned another lesson don’t show things to your friends that they would want.

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  25. I have had peer pressure in many ways. but one I remember is when I had to choose from soccer ans lacrosse. Many of my friends thought soccer was so cool, but I didn't enjoy it as much as lacrosse. All of my coaches pressured me, and that was really hard. Eventually, I had decided that I didn't like soccer, a stopped. All of that deciding paid of because nobody should do anything that the don't enjoy doing, and never should listen to what other people think you should do, do what you think.

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  26. Yes I have gone with the flow. It was in kindergarten and well I was nervous so I kinda stayed silent like everyone else. Of course I knew a lot of the answers but I stayed silent.

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