Teenage Stereotypes In Society

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Picture a freshman boy with glasses, straight posture, and overalls walking down the hallway inside his high school. There's no doubt that everyone in school will assume the boy is a nerd with straight As who has no friends because of his appearance. A second example would be a varsity cheerleader, everyone assumes that she is sassy, loud, and mean not knowing the person she truly is. Society often labels people with stereotypes even though they don’t take the time to actually get to know this person. Stereotypes often begin because of true or false information on certain individuals. A stereotype and misconception that is very common and has been carried for a while is that teenagers know it all and don’t need any help from adults. This group …show more content…
Teens do things without even thinking about what they are about to do whether their going to get hurt or not. They do it to amuse their friends not knowing it will make them look like fools or make them have regrets later on in the future. In the online article “5 Reasons Teenagers Act the Way They Do” by Kathy Benjamin it reveals that “All teenagers take stupid risks that they one day look back on and wonder what the heck they were thinking. But studies have found it is not because teens aren’t thinking about the risks involved—it’s because they think about them longer than adults”(1). Another source of this would be in the online article “Why teenagers make terrible decisions: A guide for parents” by James McCue” it demonstrates that ”A teen's developing brain places them at greater risk of being reactive in their decision-making, and less able to consider the consequences of their choices” (2). This show that another reason for teen making bad decisions is because their brain are still being developed. Even though teens make mistakes them look back at it and have a good laugh. Being a teenager is to have fun with friends and making memories with them all. Everyone remembers that one day they ditched school to hang out with their friends or boyfriend/girlfriend. Along that yes, teens cant live without their phones but that is only because society pushes young …show more content…
This can be proven by sources who were able to give an insight into their lives. Noelia Gutierrez, a senior at a local high school, mentioned, “I feel that the stereotype that teens can't live without social media was invented by old people who just aren't use to the amount of technology used in our current time. Social media is mostly used for entertainment, just like T.V. can be used for entertainment but it doesn't have carry the same stigma because social media is largely accessed through phones which are new, unlike T.V.S that have been around for 50 plus years. So basically it's bs, it's not that deep, we can go without social media and be fine maybe a little bored”. With Noeila’s perspective of this stereotype she summaries that the usage of technology was different from the other generations because they didn't have technology the way teens in this generation do. Along that she states that teens can live without technology knowing that without it their lives will be boring. Another person that was interviewed that can be used as a reference to go against the stereotype that teens can not show respect is David. David Gomez, a soccer player at a local high school, mentioned “I find it very displeasing when an adult of some high degree directly classifies young adults as being disrespectful just by appearance. Many teens show a tremendous amount of respect to everyone, especially when it comes to the older

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