There are numerous influences in the life of a teen. Parents, media, music, and education are just a few of the things that shape a young person. One of the strongest influences, if not the strongest, is the friends one chooses. Whether for good or for bad, the friends with which a teen spends time will dramatically shape that young person.
There is an old saying that continually rings true: “You are who your friends are.” If your friends like to party, drink, and do drugs, then you will likely do the same. If your friends love to play sports, then you will likely do the same. If your friends like to eat green eggs and ham, you will likely do the same. Over time, no matter how you may resist, the attitudes and actions of your companions take over. You begin to act and think like them; you will even dress like them.
Have you ever been asked the question, “If all of your friends jumped off of a bridge, would you too?” If one were to answer honestly, it would be yes. Be very careful about the friends you choose. Remember, you are who your friends are.