Posts Tagged: Teens

Ask Polly: I Want People to Know the Real Me But It Just Won't Come Out

Dear Polly,

I want to be known, and to know other people. I crave intimacy, and not just physical intimacy. I realize everyone wants these things. But I am afraid I will never “be known.” It seems that no matter what I say or do, no one will ever know the REAL me, not in full. When I talk to people I often feel like I’m talking to them through a thin glass wall. I want people to benefit from knowing me, and for me to be able to reach out and help other people, and empathize with them, and build proper relationships.

Part of the reason I can’t [...]


CRi, "Oda"

It's been a decade since YouTube revealed to us the truth about teens: They are not tastemakers and their musical preferences provide no insight into the future; they listen to chart rap and country and country covers of chart rap; at the fringes, they like meme songs and yearning chant-rock from car commercials and Avicii. But in another world, the one where secret youth cabals tap into ancient teen magic to conjure new songs from the void (and in Canada), I imagine the kids are into something sort of like this. (via Earmilk)


Every Teen Should Have Their Phone Taken Away RIGHT NOW, SERIOUSLY, NOW

"I realized in life there’s only two ways for a girl to go, and that’s to be a dumb bitch or just a bitch. I decided that from now on I’m just gonna be a bitch, ’cause at least from now on guys would be intimidated by me. At least I would have the upper hand."

—Feeling okay about the kids today and social media? WELL DEFINITELY DON'T READ THIS THEN, OH JESUS, IT'S REAL BAD OUT THERE. Also who knew that was a hotbed of teen viciousness? (Teens. Teens knew. Teeeeens.) Oh man, poor teens. :(


Scientists Discover Happy Teens

"Teens who maintain a positive outlook are more likely than unhappy teens to grow into healthy adults, with a better overall state of well-being, according to a new study. Researchers at Northwestern University reached that conclusion after reviewing data collected from 10,147 teenagers who took part in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, which began surveying them in 1994. The teens answered a series of questions in 1994, 1996 and 2001 regarding their physical and emotional health…. The participants who'd indicated that they were happy teens were less likely than unhappy teens to become young adults engaged in unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking, binge drinking or eating unhealthy [...]


Real America: The Great American Teen SUV Death Race

My first car was a 1980 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme. And yes, I am as shocked as anyone when I see that these things are now pimped out and are considered, no kidding, "cool." I got the car with 160,000 miles in 1990. I paid a pittance, market price for such a piece of ssssss… uperb American engineering. Going by my friends, this was a perfectly average teenager car. Cheap. Old. Ugly. Unwanted.


Which Internet Phenomenon Will Kill Next?

If you want to know what the lonely kids are doing in any given year, watch the local news and listen to how anchors contextualize youth crime: The mother said that after hearing about the two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls allegedly stabbing their friend to please Slender Man, she thinks her daughter was under the same influence.

"We found things that she had written and she made reference to Slender Man. She also made references to killing," the mother said. "She even created a world for Slender Man in the game mine craft."

This alleged daughter-mother knife attack is the second act of violence to be linked to Slender [...]


The Plot to Kill the Last Remaining Bodegas

Governor Cuomo's teen fun task force, which was created with a $147,000 grant from the NYC Department of Health to the State Liquor authority, has completed its first mission: The team visited 74 stores (not bars) across the five boroughs, 32 of which sold alcohol to underage decoys.

BAD WORK, bodega adults: In total, the undercover minors were able to purchase alcohol at 32 of premises visited, including one out of 15 stores in the Bronx, 15 out of 16 stores in Brooklyn, 5 out of 21 stores Manhattan, 8 out of 16 stores in Queens, and 3 out of 6 stores on Staten Island. During the investigation, [...]


Why Teens Act That Way

"So if teens think as well as adults do and recognize risk just as well, why do they take more chances? Here, as elsewhere, the problem lies less in what teens lack compared with adults than in what they have more of. Teens take more risks not because they don't understand the dangers but because they weigh risk versus reward differently: In situations where risk can get them something they want, they value the reward more heavily than adults do." —This is a good read on how the teen brain works. God, you couldn't pay me enough to be that age again. [Via]


Loretta Lopez: Our #1 Writer Under 19

I don't even like fiction but even I would buy a book by Loretta Lopez, one of the 18-year-old winners of this year's Scholastic Writing Award. She was on that NPR show The Takeaway (blech) this morning and she is awesome. If you hate listening to the radio, you can read her here.


Social A's: Teen Email Disaster!

Dear Answer Lady,

I am a totally unfamous novelist in my late twenties. I sometimes get email from readers but it's rare enough enough that I am usually taken by surprise when it happens. My "fan mail" is flattering but also sometimes unnerving and/or a pain in the ass. Sometimes the emails take the form of traditional "I really liked your book!" but other times they are totally random and weird. One time someone asked what kind of underwear I wear, and could I please send a used pair. Other times I get emails from teenagers.


Do You Know Where Your Teens Are? (They're Swarming John Green)

Wow. Thank you for being awesome Cleveland!

— John Green (@realjohngreen) May 8, 2014

Your teens are following kindly, funny, sensitive and young-ish father-of-two YA author John Green like he was The Beatles, Madonna, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson and Justin Bieber all in one. Currently occupying four of the top seven slots on the Times Young Adult Best Sellers list (and the cover of the latest EW), the John Green situation is totally and completely out of control as he goes about doing pre-promotion for the Fault in our Stars film. One reason it's wacky is because the John Greeniverse has no vampires, no witches, [...]


I Went To A Disclosure Concert And All I Felt Was My Impending Mortality

Sunday was my 7,738th* day on the planet. It was also my first Disclosure concert.

Disclosure—a British electronic duo made up of brothers Guy (8,277 days old at the time of publication) and Howard (a mere 7,195 days) Lawrence—had a pretty great 2013, releasing their debut album Settle with singles “White Noise” and “Latch” both going gold in the UK. Settle itself went to #1 on UK charts, and has been nominated for a Grammy. The boys, along with “Latch” vocalist Sam Smith, made their US TV debut on "Fallon" last night. They’re going places. It’s exciting. I’d wanted to see them on a small sliver on their journey [...]


Teen Girl Mag Prepares for Life of Disappointment, Lies

The August issue of Seventeen (don't ask) has a particularly juicy "LIES He Tells You Straight To Your Face" column! This is an interesting editorial component. Is it… service? Is it fear-mongering exploitation? Somewhere in the middle? Mostly I can't decide which of these two boys sound more evil. (Who am I kidding, THE CAT LIAR. SOMEONE THROW HIM OFF A BRIDGE IN A BURLAP SACK.) I am just so glad this kind of editorial didn't exist when I was a teen—if I'd know the truth about humans, I don't know if I would have ever left the house or spoken to anyone. (Though I guess it's reassuring that [...]


Are Risky Teens Really Just Horny Little Adults?

A new study suggests that, contrary to popular opinion, the brains of risk-taking teens might be more mature and adult-like than those of teens who are less cool likely to engage in such behavior. It also raises the possibility that we might actually be evaluating risk-taking behavior through the prism of ageism.