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Stereotyping Teenagers And Why It’s Dangerous

Submitted by solomon on Fri, 09/15/2017 - 20:46
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Being a teen is not easy. There are many new social, academic, and personal pressures. For teens who have additional problems to deal with, such as living in violent or abusive environments or dealing with a heavy load of stress, life can feel even more difficult. Teenagers today are the most commonly misunderstood people in society. As a 15-year-old myself, I live life facing all kinds of problems, with a new one every day. Teenagers across the UK are struggling. What's to blame? Well, there are many things that are going wrong.

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“Irresponsible”, “too young”, and “immature”. These words are thrown at us by the general public, our family and even our teachers at school! This definitely makes life a lot harder than it actually is, because apparently, so many things are deemed “more important” than our social lives. How can they expect so much of teenagers and yet continue to belittle us?

 ‘Young people drinking moderately or being vaguely sensible about their life choices? Pah! As if. All of them drink way too much, have no boundaries, and want to flitter all of their parent’s hard-earned wages away on class A drugs.’ Guess what? Fewer teens are using drugs than a decade ago. Surprised? I thought so. Not all teens are druggies who hang around alleyways at night. Most of us actually try to work hard and think about the future ahead of us.

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What makes the life of a teenager even harder is the social and academic pressures at school – a place we go to every single day. From bullying to peer pressure, from exam stress to friendship problems – school is full of it all. Adults often just don’t seem to understand the effect it has on us. Those who lack self-esteem and confidence can’t even confide in adults because their only advice is to “forget about it” and to “try not to worry about it”. No wonder some teenagers turn to self-harm and suicide. Where is the support? Why do adults fail to understand this? They may have been teenagers once, but the reality is, that was over 20 years ago. Teenagers matter too.

By Yarah

The Samaritans are here to help and can be contacted at 116 123.