Who influences Young Adults more- Friends or Family?
June 25, 2012 by:
rekhas Points: 12
Family has strong influence on kids but as kids grow up and become teens/young adults, friends have a stronger influence in their lives. Young adults succumb to peer pressure, need to cope with bullies and give in to temptations in order to be popular and cool.
Parents have stronger influence on their kids. However, as kids grow up and become young adults, there is peer pressure and stronger influence of friends than the parents. As teens and young adults, the kids become rebellious and unruly at times.
Time with Friends
When they are very young, kids spend a lot of time with their parents. The parents help kids with schoolwork, assignments, shopping, travel and so on. Weekends and vacations are family time.
As kids become teenagers, there is more interaction with friends. In school, after school, during internships and summer jobs, teens spend more time with friends. They go on weekend vacations with friends and not with parents. Parties, shopping and travel are with friends. Thus, young adults will copy what their friends do.
Rebel against Parents
While they grow up, in the adoloscent phase, all kids rebel against their parents. It could be for driving, a new hairstyle, new kind of clothes or shoes or anything. Teens will hear what their friends do and try to copy the same. Being a rebel becomes cool. Teens will do anything to be popular as 'cool' in school.
Peer Pressure and Influence
Parents have less influence over their teenage kids. These days, with development in technology, social media has more influence on people's lives, including kids and teens. Young adults are constantly in touch with friends via internet, social media, phone texts and phone calls. Every single activity is updated on Twitter and Facebook. Even bullying has become an integral part of social media.
Teens take up smoking and drinking as an influence from their friends. Peer pressure forces teens to try smoking and alcohol.
Thus we see that the influence of family and parents becomes weaker as kids grow up. Kids spend most of their time with their friends and not with the family. Hence, it is but natural that friends become a stronger influence.