Experiencing peer pressure in our teens isn’t generally something that stirs up warm and fuzzy memories. Whether it was trying that first sip of alcohol or sneaking out of the house to go to a party, we’ve all succumbed—much to our adult chagrin—to friends’ heckling. Yet, research now suggests these experiences might be more than just the uncomfortable rite of passage that accompanies adolescence—they might actually have health benefits.
According to one study that followed a group of people between the ages of 13 and 17, having a close group of peers led to increased long-term physical health at the ages of 25, 26 and 27. The reason? Putting your peers’ desires ahead of your own goals is believed to reduce stress. "Peer relationships provide some of the most emotionally intense experiences in adolescents' lives, and conformity to peer norms often occurs even when it brings significant costs to the individual," wrote researchers of the study.
Despite the pressure to conform to friends’ expectations, such relationships provide intense social links, which are associated with wellbeing. Do you think your peer-pressure experiences benefited you in the long run?
You can read the article here: Peer Pressure May Have a Silver Lining