Thread: Teenagers

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    • 10 years 11 months ago
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    In general the following has an impact on how teens behave and it has nothing to do with the decade, kids are kids.

    Teens that come from homes where the father or mother (usually father) is not in the picture.
    Parent that get in trouble with the law and/or are involved in drugs.
    Teens that live in poor high crime area, African American and Hispanic boys are at the highest risk.
    Teens that had parents that spoiled them or ignored/avoided bad behavior thought out their childhood.
    Parents that disciplined too harshly or were/are too controlling.
    Schools that are overcrowded and have a lack of discipline, usually the teacher's don't care.
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    Maybe teenagers were much worse back then, but it wasn't all of them.
    Nowadays, all teenagers are jerky brats. It's more widespread now. Say what you want, but annoying teenage behavior is more widespread nowadays.

    I live in a very affluent/wealthy, majority white area where most parents are lawyers and CEOs of national companies. The schools here are very good.
    Yet all the teenagers I run into around here are irritating, spoiled, rude and disrespectful.

    Youth crime rates is not what I'm talking about. Youth crime rates have decreased because of *(a certain controversial topic I won't name b/c this will turn into a heated political debate)*, it has nothing to do with anything else.
    I'm not talking about the youth who usually commit crime anyways, I'm talking about upper middle-class teenagers who are not really the demographic known for committing youth crime.
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    Teens have always annoyed me...even when I was a teen. I couldn't stand the whole "You gotta be like everyone else and fit in" culture that teens love so much...so I had no problem being an outcast.

    Teens have obviously always had problems...but I definitely think teenage violence and crime has greatly increased over the last 15 years. School shootings were almost unheard of before the 90's, and more then HALF of the school shootings in the entire history of the U.S. have happened only since 1997!
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    Quote by 90srocked
    Maybe teenagers were much worse back then, but it wasn't all of them.
    Nowadays, all teenagers are jerky brats. It's more widespread now. Say what you want, but annoying teenage behavior is more widespread nowadays.

    I live in a very affluent/wealthy, majority white area where most parents are lawyers and CEOs of national companies. The schools here are very good.
    Yet all the teenagers I run into around here are irritating, spoiled, rude and disrespectful.

    Youth crime rates is not what I'm talking about. Youth crime rates have decreased because of *(a certain controversial topic I won't name b/c this will turn into a heated political debate)*, it has nothing to do with anything else.
    I'm not talking about the youth who usually commit crime anyways, I'm talking about upper middle-class teenagers who are not really the demographic known for committing youth crime.


    They were like that in the 90s too, but overall they seemed to be more racist, more outspoken against Gays and people less fortunate. Now of days teens tend to be outspoken against that stuff plus because school are more diverse they will get their asses kicked acting that way. It might very well be more widespread, but then again up to 8 months ago most people were better off financially.

    I agree kids and teens have changed, but human nature is still the same.
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    Quote by retromaniac
    Teens have always annoyed me...even when I was a teen. I couldn't stand the whole "You gotta be like everyone else and fit in" culture that teens love so much...so I had no problem being an outcast.

    Teens have obviously always had problems...but I definitely think teenage violence and crime has greatly increased over the last 15 years. School shootings were almost unheard of before the 90's, and more then HALF of the school shootings in the entire history of the U.S. have happened only since 1997!


    I totally agree.
    I'm a teenager myself and can't stand being around other teenagers. I only have a few teenager friends. I prefer to converse with adults, old people, or hang out with cute little babies/kids.
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    River's Edge is a great and underrated 80's movie, but I think teens were a lot different in the 80's and much of the 90's, but thats just me....it has a lot to do with pop culture.
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    Quote by 80s90sboy87
    River's Edge is a great and underrated 80's movie, but I think teens were a lot different in the 80's and much of the 90's, but thats just me....it has a lot to do with pop culture.


    Yes 80s90sboy87, pop culture does play a role however, as I said before technology and or better yet bad parenting also plays a role as to why teens are "worst" than before. i admit in some ways they are but compare to teens in the past they're pretty stable.
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    I went to school during the '90s, and I've taught in the 00's. I don't think the vast differences in teenagers are as vast as everyone's making them out to be.
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    Quote by NastradumasKid
    Quote by 80s90sboy87
    River's Edge is a great and underrated 80's movie, but I think teens were a lot different in the 80's and much of the 90's, but thats just me....it has a lot to do with pop culture.


    Yes 80s90sboy87, pop culture does play a role however, as I said before technology and or better yet bad parenting also plays a role as to why teens are "worst" than before. i admit in some ways they are but compare to teens in the past they're pretty stable.


    Yep, the Internet, Cell phones, social sites, music/videos, reality shows all play a big role, bad parenting also, but then again all decades have that, now KIDS I don't think haven't changed much, except they do seem a bit smarter now.
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    Quote by 80s90sboy87
    Quote by NastradumasKid
    Quote by 80s90sboy87
    River's Edge is a great and underrated 80's movie, but I think teens were a lot different in the 80's and much of the 90's, but thats just me....it has a lot to do with pop culture.


    Yes 80s90sboy87, pop culture does play a role however, as I said before technology and or better yet bad parenting also plays a role as to why teens are "worst" than before. i admit in some ways they are but compare to teens in the past they're pretty stable.


    Yep, the Internet, Cell phones, social sites, music/videos, reality shows all play a big role, bad parenting also, but then again all decades have that, now KIDS I don't think haven't changed much, except they do seem a bit smarter now.


    Now, personally I think kids in some ways changed alot compared to the past and they're a little more annoying but I admit they are a little more smarter than to us at their age.I remember last week how this little girl in pre-k had to write the word "inauguration" four times.
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    Quote by NastradumasKid
    Quote by 80s90sboy87
    Quote by NastradumasKid


    Yes 80s90sboy87, pop culture does play a role however, as I said before technology and or better yet bad parenting also plays a role as to why teens are "worst" than before. i admit in some ways they are but compare to teens in the past they're pretty stable.


    Yep, the Internet, Cell phones, social sites, music/videos, reality shows all play a big role, bad parenting also, but then again all decades have that, now KIDS I don't think haven't changed much, except they do seem a bit smarter now.


    Now, personally I think kids in some ways changed alot compared to the past and they're a little more annoying but I admit they are a little more smarter than to us at their age.I remember last week how this little girl in pre-k had to write the word "inauguration" four times.


    Another thing is I think teens in the 80's were a lot more open-minded, lol they are annoying, they can't live without their gadgets, yep...they're smarter with the words, and a lot more sarcastic, also I remember seeing this video of a 4 year old girl solving the entire rubik's cube within seconds lol.
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    Quote by vkimo
    I think the quote from Caps2.0 Sig tells it perfectly; ""The Kids Haven't Changed...You Have!""


    Exactly. The whole Breakfast Club Movie is a microcosm of teenagers for ALL generations. The way teens act haven't changed very much throughout the decades. Only the technology and how much information about teens (and how the media presents it) is changed.

    To all you 80's teens, I'm sure all the adults born in the 70's/60's were complaining about how horrible and terrible ya'll were with your crazzzzzzy rock music and over-sexual movies (Porky's, Fast Times, etc.) and your "We're Not Gonna Take It" teen anthem by Twisted Sister.

    And I'm sure most of the 90's teens heard plenty about being the lazy slacker generation cuz of the rise of pot and Beck's "Loser", not to mention the emergence of hip-hop and how it was so terrible and violent and a bad influence (and WWF'S Attitude Era. HELL YEAH!)

    Just the people and things representing the problems have changed. For the most part, the problems haven't.
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    Quote by DMoney89
    Quote by vkimo
    I think the quote from Caps2.0 Sig tells it perfectly; ""The Kids Haven't Changed...You Have!""


    Exactly. The whole Breakfast Club Movie is a microcosm of teenagers for ALL generations. The way teens act haven't changed very much throughout the decades. Only the technology and how much information about teens (and how the media presents it) is changed.

    To all you 80's teens, I'm sure all the adults born in the 70's/60's were complaining about how horrible and terrible ya'll were with your crazzzzzzy rock music and over-sexual movies (Porky's, Fast Times, etc.) and your "We're Not Gonna Take It" teen anthem by Twisted Sister.

    And I'm sure most of the 90's teens heard plenty about being the lazy slacker generation cuz of the rise of pot and Beck's "Loser", not to mention the emergence of hip-hop and how it was so terrible and violent and a bad influence (and WWF'S Attitude Era. HELL YEAH!)

    Just the people and things representing the problems have changed. For the most part, the problems haven't.


    You have a point baby but still in some ways teens are worst than before but that's pop culture for ya.
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    Teens are the toxin flowing through the veins of society. Case closed!
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    I am going to agree again with those who say kids haven't changed, we have. They are exactly the same. And Sabrina wasn't exactly a real depiction of how real teenagers acted, it was a tv show. Neither really are any of the shows on tv.

    Yeah, sure we have myspace, facebook, internet, cell phones, etc to cause teens these days to be lazy, but in the 80s and 90s we had nintendo, playstation, cable, satelite tv,tons and tons of junkfood to keep teens lazy. Back then you had just as many lazy kids who didn't go outside, you just might not have been one of them.

    I'm sure those of us with grandparents who grew up in the 30s who had to do farm chores and walk miles and miles (in the snow, to and from with no shoes lol) just to get to school only to come home to more chores, homework, dinner and bed think that teens who didn't have to do any of that were lazy and worthless as well and direspectful.

    It's just a different generation. Everyone always thinks the generation that cames after them sucks.
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    Quote by Alyssa_Branen
    I am going to agree again with those who say kids haven't changed, we have. They are exactly the same. And Sabrina wasn't exactly a real depiction of how real teenagers acted, it was a tv show. Neither really are any of the shows on tv.

    Yeah, sure we have myspace, facebook, internet, cell phones, etc to cause teens these days to be lazy, but in the 80s and 90s we had nintendo, playstation, cable, satelite tv,tons and tons of junkfood to keep teens lazy. Back then you had just as many lazy kids who didn't go outside, you just might not have been one of them.

    I'm sure those of us with grandparents who grew up in the 30s who had to do farm chores and walk miles and miles (in the snow, to and from with no shoes lol) just to get to school only to come home to more chores, homework, dinner and bed think that teens who didn't have to do any of that were lazy and worthless as well and direspectful.

    It's just a different generation. Everyone always thinks the generation that cames after them sucks.


    I agree 100% with you and dmoney.
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    Alyssa Branen, I disagree with your statement that everyone thinks the generation after them sucks.

    I am part of this generation and I'm complaining about people my own age.
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    We need someone who was actually a teenager in the 90s to respond to this thread (i.e. gustogummi). Let's see how they feel.
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    Quote by mlw1984
    We need someone who was actually a teenager in the 90s to respond to this thread (i.e. gustogummi). Let's see how they feel.


    Yeah, or better yet. If users like velcrohead was still on this site, he would definatly know what to say.
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    Quote by blueluigi
    Quote by mlw1984
    We need someone who was actually a teenager in the 90s to respond to this thread (i.e. gustogummi). Let's see how they feel.


    Yeah, or better yet. If users like velcrohead was still on this site, he would definatly know what to say.


    Yeah, Velcrohead was also a teenager during that era. I miss him.
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