Understanding the Power of Teenage Peer Pressure

In most cultures, the training of teens begins in infancy and continues until the teenage years, whereupon the teenager enters the more of an adult role. 

Even in primitive cultures, this pattern is common and often includes an initiation ceremony, a "right of passage," to mark the transition from childhood to adulthood. In modern society, adult status comes many years after adolescence. 

While a teenager achieves physical maturity and wants social independences, he must remain in a position of dependence. He is compelled to continue in the role of student and is not allowed to compete with adults in the job market. He is out of place in the friendship patterns of adults; he has no legitimate outlet for his newly developed drives; he is not allowed to do the things that adults do for enjoyment and relaxation. Seemingly, society has no role for him, for he is not a child nor is he an adult. So while a teenager “resigns" from childhood in their early teenage years. 

They do not "enlist" in adulthood until they are fully independent, sometimes as much as a decade later. During this entire period, teenagers are in a cultural limbo, being neither obedient teens nor responsible adults.

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