While talking about kids or teens,ill habits like reluctance towards studies,stress,exam fever,short-temper are attributed to peer pressure.When you talk of adults-drinking,smoking,cheating,eavesdropping,double-crossing.etc are attributed to peer pressure.
But ideally,at least in todays scenario,should there be any peer pressure at all?
Two sides of the coin
Our parents,as students had very few choices when it came to choosing their stream of studies and making a career out of it.Bachelors in science and arts was a safe bet.Engineers,Doctors,Lawyers,Bankers were the esteemed lot.It was considered abysmally wrong if anyone were to try for non-government jobs.
But things have changed now.Irrespective of your stream of study,getting a job is no big deal if you can inculcate the so-called soft skills or at least pretend to be so.The market demand,globally, for young minds is on an all-time high that students have the liberty of choosing b/w taking up job in their dream company or to pursue higher studies.The avenues are wide open.
Why follow the herd??
This being ,the case why do still feel the pressure.The answer is simple.Our society has taught us a lot of quick-fix techniques to escape criticism.Despite a wide pool of career options.Most of us confine ourselves to IT/ITES,Medicine,Banking.etc to name a few.An aspiring athlete,painter or actor would be nipped in the bud ,fearing the taboos of the society.We bury deep our own interests,wishes and just follow the herd in the name of playing it safe.But,with time,when we don't enjoy what we do,somewhere down the line,the chronic underlying dislike or discomfort resurfaces,no matter how much we try to dump it within us.Finally we feel the stress.
"Its no more a question of commanding respect for what you are.Rather,we demand respect when we make career choices based on others(parents,relatives,friends) conviction"
"Its not a question of need that bogs us down.Its all about greed of what others are onto".
"we yearn to earn rather than to abide by or imbibe what we learn".
Somebody coin a new term!!
As of now,I assume that its quite clear that we all misuse the term "peer pressure".So I leave it to the readers to come up with a new term for peer pressure keeping in mind the above discussion