Peer pressure is always tough to deal with, especially when it comes to sex. Some teenagers decide to have sexual relationships because their friends think sex is cool. Others feel pressured by the person they are dating. Still, others find it easier to give in and have sex than to try to explain why not. Some teenagers get caught up in the romantic feelings and believe having sex is the best way they can prove their love.
Some things to think about before peer pressure makes the decision for you:
- Not every person your age is having sex. Even if sometimes it feels like everyone is “doing it,” it is important to realize that this is not true. People often talk about sex in a casual manner, but this doesn’t mean they are actually having sex.
- Hollywood doesn’t show the full story. Sexual situations are everywhere in our culture. They are on television, in movies, and even in commercials and magazines. This is part of the reason why we enjoy these things so much. Just remember: characters in these movies, television shows, and advertisements are actors and actresses. They can’t get unwanted pregnancies and STIs–you can.
Knowing how you feel about yourself is the first big step in handling peer pressure. It’s OK to want to enjoy your teen years and all the fun times that can be had. It’s OK to respect yourself enough to say, “No, I’m not ready to have sex.”
How to avoid peer or date pressure
If you’re worried about being pressured or you’re currently experiencing it, know that you are not alone and there is something you can do about it.