Teens face peer pressure every day. They have to deal with the pressure to drink, do drugs, have s*x. Many resist the pressure and continue on with their lives as they normally live them. But a study of 130 British teens shows a different pressure that many are succumbing to and are not enjoying it at all, but they feel extremely pressured to do it.
The majority of those teens who were interviewed said that they felt overwhelming pressure to have [email protected] s*x with their partner. The guys that were all about it before actually doing it said that it was nothing like they expected and that the reality of it really wasn’t as great as they thought it was going to be. The girls that said that they did it because they felt pressured were looked down upon afterwards by others who learned that they had done it.
Why are these teens giving in to the pressures that are placed on them? It all stems back to social status among their peers. The males think that they will be cooler in the eyes of their friends for having done something that many think is only done in adult movies. The girls also wanted to boost their social status when they did this, but all it does is give them a reputation that is not what they should be carrying around with them.
The study also revealed that many of these teens were not using any type of protection because they were unaware that even when you have [email protected] s*x you can still contract STIs. They were not aware of the dangers that can come from this act and didn’t think about the consequences before engaging in it.
One of the most shocking revelations that came from this study was the fact that the girls felt that they had no control over what types of things they did in the bedroom with a guy. Many felt that they could tell a guy that they didn’t want to do something or weren’t comfortable with a certain act, but in the end the guy had the final say and they would do whatever he asked.