Exemplification Essay: The Effects Of Peer Pressure

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It was a normal party on Sunday night and there was nothing out of the ordinary. But the events that followed would eventually lead to a death caused mostly by peer pressure and only slightly by over consumption of alcohol. Elizabeth Wakulich was considered a nice, responsible, and a daughter that any parent would be proud of. But the choices she made that Sunday night under the pressure of her friends would be the cause of her death. Wakulich was at the party when someone had dared her to finish a quart of 107-proof Goldschlager, a cinnamon schnapps. It was about 2 a.m. on Monday morning when she had completed the bet for a mere 80 dollars. After finishing, Wakulich crashed at her friend’s house and it wasn’t until 11 p.m. of that day when …show more content…
Peer pressure can influence a person in many ways including, fashion choices, alcohol and drug use, smoking, and academic performance. According to Dr. B. J. Casey from the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, teens are very quick and accurate when they make decisions that let them think about it for a while. However, once they a have to make decisions in the spur of a moment, that’s when they are heavily influenced by their peers (scholastic). In To Kill A Mockingbird, when Dill first dares Jem that he wouldn’t dare to take a step past the gates of Radley place, Jem thinks about it for a few days. However, on the third day when Dill makes another bet which was to touch the Radley house, Jem made an impulsive decision which during that moment, he was heavily influenced by Dill’s taunting. Which shows us that impulsive decisions from peer pressure are always not the best ones. Research has been shown that kids who are watched by their friends while playing a video game take more than double the risks compared to when they play alone. This indicates that children and teens are more likely make impulsive decisions in the presence of their peers

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