From the teen chick flicks of the 80s to the more modern classic movies, teenagers have been traditionally portrayed in a clichéd way. If you do a bit of research you will be overwhelmed by the crass misinterpretations of teen behavior; more myth than what is recorded on ancient Indian Gods and their acts of gallantry!
In a nutshell, we identified that teenagers, or more appropriately young adults, have been evolving with the times, and there are some significant changes to their conventional behaviors. Here are few of the myths behind their clichéd habits, busted for you.
Myth 1 – Teenagers Are Not Ambitious
Like adults, some teenagers are extremely interested in reading, and some are not. Yes, they generally do not like being advised on what to read, but isn’t that completely personal?
• Teenagers have been observed to be more focused on their academics in the recent years. This could partly be due to the competitive learning culture that is inculcated in students from a young age today. Schools have been predominantly responsible for nurturing this competitive trend.
• Although this is a partly healthy result-driven strategy, students should not be overly pressurized to reach first on all occasions. Overstress and high expectations can result in teens losing their interest in competitions altogether. Adults should be vigilant in ensuring that children enjoy their student years and create lasting memories for life.
• Most teenagers today also have a definitive knowledge of their aspired career paths. With the availability of the internet, technology, and reference materials, they are truly determined to achieving their goals. This is a healthy transition that our society has witnessed in the past few years.
• Teenage ambitions have been defined through various studies carried out in different cultures across the world. These studies indicate their affinity towards working hard.
• Like everyone, the ability of teenagers to grasp complicated concepts in their curriculum varies on an individual basis.
• If a teenager is experiencing difficulty in coping with the momentum of school lessons, then she should enroll for some additional coaching classes to mitigate these problems.
• There are multiple online learning centers like Vedantu, whose services teenagers can avail. Here, they have the flexibility to decide on a wide range of personal tuitions and can even select the desired tutor, irrespective of geographical and time constraints. The ability to learn courses tailored to their needs will immensely help in their intellectual development.
Myth 2 – Teens Can Be Terribly Spoiled When It Comes to Food
Adults have a misconception that teenagers are only on the lookout for fun, and have unique unhealthy tastes in food and clothes. What we see is only a fraction of the real story.
• It is true that this generation has tremendous advantages in terms of technology and choices. But they are also equally challenged to resist temptations and focus more on their studies and life goals.
• And once they have a specific goal in mind they are resolute and courageous enough to pursue it with full intent.
• Various studies have indicated that eating habits of teens are showing a significant improvement in the past few years. This is primarily due to the focus that communities and governments lay on eating healthy local produce.
Myth 3 – Teenagers Are Racists
Teenagers are no more racist than adults or young children.
• Teens actually have the ability to embrace differences in a way that elevates them to a different level altogether! Multiple studies have confirmed that most teenagers believe in equal treatment of one and all.
• They seem to have imbibed this feeling of oneness through their families. Most families refrain from talking about race, and this has been a positive influence on the behavior of teenagers.
• Teens are of the belief that race does not prevent minorities from achieving their goals.
• Teenagers today also aspire to be indifferent to color and creed. They are extremely interested in diversity and love to make friends from different cultures – a true feather in their cap!
Myth 4 – Teens Are Bigger Risk Takers and Thrill Enthusiasts
Teenagers perceive and avoid risks much more than adults these days. News reports on drunk-driving and speeding accidents show the involvement of adults more than youngsters.
• Studies have shown that there is a 50% decrease in the percentage of high-school teenagers who drink and drive. This is a trend that has been observed over the last 25 years.
• Only one among ten teens is affinitive towards drunk driving.
• Teenagers are generally more enthusiastic towards thrilling experiences. This is primarily due to the functioning of their brain in adolescence.
• The frontal lobe of a teenager’s brain sends out slower inputs.
• Myelination, the process of strengthening neural connections is incomplete in their brain.
• In spite of these biological processes, teens today have an acute understanding of what is safe, and to what extent. They desire to side with virtue, as opposed to cliched beliefs.
• If you understand your teenager and cheer her on in his journey, you are sure to discover a sparkling diamond in her!
Myth 5 – Teenagers Are Not Serious Enough To Have Role Models
Wrong. Teenagers today have an alarming sense of maturity and responsibility that adults could take a cue or two from!
• They are independent and wise enough to use their discretion to identify what suits them and when. Adults should give them the freedom to exercise their liberty and trust them on their choices.
• Various studies around the world have shown that teens have role models who they look up to with great admiration.
• In India, movie stars influence youngsters in a big way, and most teenagers hold them in high respect.
• Teenagers also look up to their peers or contemporaries and are highly influenced by their virtues.
• Teenage years are a time when you weave colorful aspirations for the future. Teens are truly optimistic and truly believe they can make a difference in the world. This is one characteristic that is sadly seen to tarnish with age.
So the bottom line is this – if you invest in your teenager, believe in his decisions, love her and stand by her through thick and thin, you will be amazed at the potential that this young adult holds.
If you have any other myths about teenagers to be debunked, or examples of them challenging stereotypes, drop us a note here in the comments section below. We love hearing from you!