I do believe you have started something with this thread, my friend.
Now personally I have seen many advances in society as of late-- we have been seeing less racism, sexism, and overall prejudice in our more recent times, and this is quite admirable.
But one minority remains pretty much untouched, most likely because these people have no real political power or anything, can't vote, can't speak up...
We are the teens. Today's youth.
I go outside and walk around, and am avoided by people. I am told to meet someone at a certain place, only to be "politely asked to leave" by the store owners while I wait. I am flanked by security guards or suspicious eyes whenever I enter a shop of any sort. And most importantly, when I speak I am not heard. People's ears have been turned off to me.
And who would deserve such treatment? Today's teens.
Where I live, I have a pretty good idea of what the "typical teen" is.
~~~~The ~REAL~ Typical Teen~~~~
Someone who attends school, has a group of people with whom s/he converses, is focused on things such as relationships, music, video games, etc. The typical teen hasn't spent much time in the world, so s/he has limited wisdom. Thus, the typical teen is curious, full of questions about the world and, perhaps because of this, is often "skeptical" about things. S/he dresses mainly in a t-shirt and jeans, or perhaps something different depending on variations in body shape/size, sex, hair colour, etc.
And that is, in my experience, what the "typical teen" is.
Well here is the "typical teen" portrayed by media--
~~~~The Alleged Typical Teen~~~~
The typical teen is enrolled in school, but would much rather go out and do drugs than go to class. S/he has a group of friends, with whom s/he enjoys damaging public property, shoplifting, and stealing cars. The typical teen is disrespectful and full of stupid questions that s/he will go on and on about. S/he dresses in bandanas and torn-up dirty jeans, with shirts that contain profane remarks. S/he is a menace to society.
The problem is that the media only feels it important to publicize the "bad" teens of today. Another problem is, in my opinion, that this generation has a taste for something different than the previous generation had. For example, computers. I spend a lot of time on my computer, and my parents happen to think it is the "cause of all my problems." I think that not enough ~adults~ are willing to accept what is new, and what appeals to the people of today. This creates a problem for those of us who wish to be ~ourselves~ as opposed to who our parents want us to be.
I'm with you, Regina. I love my parents.
I am simply sick of being at social events with my family where I say something, and nobody even shows signs that they heard me.
I am attending school, and about to graduate next year, get a job and support myself.
Until then, I would still like to be recognized as a human being.
If I had your eyes, I'd be blind. For I can only see out of my own. ~~Carly Van Dort
[This message has been edited by Allan Riverwood (edited 03-08-2001).]