A recent study reports that the influence of your friends changes over time as you mature into the person you are meant to be. When young, your peer group is likely the most important part of your life. Having friends helps you to figure out which choices you want to make in your life. While bad friends can influence you in a negative way, pleasant friends can help you in a positive manner. Good friends can help you resist temptation, make better choices, and avoid trying to please everyone. The longer you hang out with friends the more you can become influenced by them - so keep yourself in good company, and you will be surrounded by support and encouragement during those critical moments in life.