Nowadays teens like to stock up on snacks and drinks, and lock themselves up in their rooms for hours. What are these people doing? Spending time on the computer, tv, and other media/ mobile devices, seemingly careless about what is going on out there. All they care about is their video games, their social networking, and entertainment. Why is it in this period of time that these kids have nothing better to do, or so they think? Teens and young adults of our generation tend to devalue the importance of education. They see education as a waste of time, and they never look forward to it: counting the minutes until the class ends or texting their friends during a lecture.
This could be explained by two words: reality and acceptance. People are unwilling to accept reality, therefore try to escape from it. How they do so can vary, this includes the use of drugs and alcohol, and other substances that give them a sense of excitement and gratification. People in this generation prefer instantaneous gratification rather than deterred gratification. It is almost as if people do not believe in themselves enough to invest in their futures.
Teens believe enjoying the moment is the most important thing, but that is only a half truth. Acceptance is also a big thing in our generation. Kids try to do whatever it takes to fit into so call social “norms” such as dressing a certain way, and behaving in a certain way. They fail to understand the fact that they are doing this is giving power to others that understand their need to conform and take advantage of them. These people classify the ignorant souls by grouping them how they see fit, the more predictable a person’s actions are the easier they are to control.
It has been taken into my attention that certain groups of people tend to devalue themselves, in other words they make themselves in society lower than they really are. For example, people who sag their pants think there is something cool behind it, that doing so gives them “swag” but in reality they are ruining their own image in society.
The best way to deal with problematic teens of this generation I believe is to educate them, teach them how to play a positive role in society and give them ideas on how they can help their own future. Lessons on life aren’t taught in classrooms and feel that in present-day society our tax dollars would be best invested in. Teens should have a time that they can put down their mobile devices and pick up a book, something I have yet to witness.
As a young adult myself going up in this generation, I feel that there needs to be more done to direct teens out of trouble and help them get their lives back on track.