The age group of 13 to 19 years old is called a teenage. It also has many other names like adolescence and puberty. We can call it a challenging but fun stage of everyone’s life. Various internal and external changes happen in the body and at the mental level. This stage requires proper attention from parents as well as from mentors because it is known for its high instability. But many people assume so much about teenagers as if they haven’t gone through it. Some overrated myths about teenagers are listed below. Check if you feel the same or not?
10. All teenagers behave in the same way
Most people think that all teenagers are the same type because it becomes simple for people to judge all of them in a batch. It is true that teenagers are open, straightforward, stubborn and energetic about things like decisions, parties, and vacations, but these are not behavioral patterns. It is impossible for two people to behave in the same way, and here we are talking about all the teenagers. This myth usually ends up comparing two or more teenagers who again make them feel insecure about themselves.
9. They are irresponsible.
There is a much-overrated myth about teenagers. Agreed that they behave in unexpected ways sometimes, but they need support and guidance in this stage of their life. Being irresponsible or responsible does not depend on age. To your surprise, many teenagers show a higher maturity level than adults occasionally. It all depends upon the parents teaching’s to their children.
8. Teenage is ‘just a phase’
People categorize teenagers as the people who are going through a phase. A lot of physical development happens during this phase. It is essential to realize that no ‘phase’ lasts for seven years. Life is full of ups and downs, and periods will come and go. One can come out of phase but not out of this stage of life. You can suggest someone get over any, but nobody can get over the age group.
7. They are selfish
Everyone judges teenagers based on their emotional behavior. They are emotionally insecure because of the hormonal fluctuations. Don’t you remember how you used to compete with your classmates for grades and other stuff? Didn’t you try to become famous when you were 15? Didn’t you want everyone’ s attention?
The prefrontal cortex, the brain’s center for moderation, control and understanding of consequences is not fully developed in teenagers. They take decisions with other parts of their minds and let’s face it, you have done this too. So, don’t call them selfish. Sometimes the wish to go ahead of everyone makes them look greedy.
Another reason for teenagers is the hormone oxytocin. Oxytocin is the bonding hormone but it in teenagers, it makes them self-focused.
6. They try to replica what their group does
Friendship and relationships are two essential things that are bound to happen in teenage. Children during their teenage go to school or junior college, and that’s where teenagers make their friends. It is a highly assumed fact that all teenagers do what their friends do which is partly true because they make some choices according to their friends. But teenagers have their aims and ambitions too. They just don’t get influenced by every person in their group. There are many exceptional cases were teenagers did differently than the people of their age group.
5. They don’t read books.
It is False. Reading is a habit that can’t be connected to the age group. Just like adults, some teenagers love to read, and some don’t. They don’t like to get advice from others about what to read and let’s admit that, we were like this when we were in that stage. Also, this is the generation and era of digital media, so many prefer using platforms like kindle to read. It is believable that people read less nowadays, but that can’t be linked with the age factor.
4. They are dramatic
Nobody has discovered yet what on earth makes all of us think this that the teenagers are exciting? They are experiencing not so smooth-emotional ride, and they express it often. They are not dramatic; you are because you are creating drama out of their hormonal changes. It is quite a severe stage where teenagers start getting confused about things, and they react differently. It not called as being dramatic, it means they need help.
3. Teenagers indulge into bad addictions
Most of the habits happen at this age but how can you say that all the teenagers drink and smoke. Judgment regarding the teenagers is entirely false and an overrated myth about them. It varies from person to person and cannot be generalized.
2. They only chat and watch porn on their phones
Gone are the days when school students used to play on playgrounds until their mother drag them to the house. In this digital era, almost everyone has a mobile phone, even the school going kids. You read it right. But it does not mean that all the school going kids and teenagers watch porn on their phone day and night. Most of them use cell phones for playing games like PUBG and clash of clans. Chatting is the obvious things they do, but we do that too.
1. They care more about hashtags than the price tags
Social media has become an integral part of our lives. We take our Instagram and Twitter accounts to announce and showcase everything. As some words trends sometimes, they soon get converted into hashtags, and everyone uses them to be in the flowing stream. And most of us think that adolescents always care about their social media life and hashtags than any other thing. Honestly, that is true for us adults nowadays. That’s the harsh reality.
Price tags are no more important in front of hashtags for adults because we earn. So all we care about is how we show off our lives.
Teenagers can be challenging to handle, but they are old enough to listen to what you say. All you need to do is to have a relevant and robust communication with them. All these myths may come true if teenagers do not receive proper guidance and directions. As teenage is quite a crucial period of human life, it must be taken seriously. But don’t try to enforce the rules and regulations on teenagers as the negative impact of them may occur. We usually assume a lot, and maybe that’s why teenagers try to become what we presume because they act stubbornly and all credits to hormonal and mental changes in that age group.