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I think pressing harder than you have to just makes your fingers get tired faster. Start with one finger just touching the string and gradually increase pressure while picking the string. When you get a clear sound, thats hard enough. Any harder and you start to bend the string, which raises the pitch. You can do the same with chords, just put one finger down at a time, then another.
If you're practicing finger exercises, I will suggest that you work on not pulling your fingers very far away from the strings. Lets say you're alternating between 5th and 7th fret with your index and ring finger. Don't lift your ring finger much higher than you need to. The further away you pull it, the more distance you have to move it back to re-fret the note. Its no big deal at slow speeds, but the wasted motion is noticable when you try to play faster.