What Are Teenagers Interested In?
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What's Trending for Teens?
Would you laugh at that question or would you answer it? Its simple enough but its also difficult to say what all teenagers are interested in. For example, one might love Kanye West and their best friend might hate him. Another might live to wear Sperrys but their friends may laugh at Sperrys. So how do we answer this question and can you answer this question? First the question has to be general about what is trending right now for teens. For example, are they still using Facebook or have they moved to Snapchat? Ask a teen to tell you how many times they've seen “Frozen”? What about Selfies? Most teens take at least one or more a day. These questions are easy to answer and they are what teens are interested in though probably just the tip of the iceberg. I bet you didn't realize there are teens hooked on the movie “Frozen”. So much goes on around us that we are unaware of and nothing is more surprising than teenagers. In 2015 the Internet, video games, and iPhones are the bomb. Who doesn't get involved with them? Seriously, how many times a day does a teen talk to his/her friends versus using social media? How many Snapchats do they send a day, including the Selfies? Don't forget Instagram. Teenagers really want to stay in touch with each other all the time. Let's face it, their friends understand them more than their parents do, at least that's how it seems to them. I know there are some teenage boys out there that actually spend more time playing video games than they do eating. Seriously, they do! Its what they live for and their parents just don't understand. If it isn't a phone their looking at it's a video game.
Does your teen have a job? Studies show that teenagers are more interested in spending money than they are in making it. In many ways their parents are to blame for that, handing them money with no requirements makes it too easy and even if they don't have money if they can get their phones or games they don't care. Is it necessary to have an iPhone or will any brand do? Tough choices. Teenagers are faced with tough choices every day. Did you know advertisers want teenagers money? Did you know advertisers aim their ads at teenagers because they spend the most? So, even without a job people want them to spend money! (Look out, the money they spend is probably yours.) So, what are teenagers interested in? Here's a list of some of the things people are saying teens are interested in, see if you agree, maybe you're already familiar with them:
Vine and Instagram
Gears of War
Call of Duty
Electronic Dance Music
Waiting for college
Girls coloring their hair pink or blue or purple
Hanging out at the Mall
Do any of these hit home? Do you know what any of these are? Pokemon's been around for a long time but you can't help but love him. Eyebrows were in thin then but now thick eyebrows are in. Just as we said in the beginning of this article, not all kids will be interested in all things. Obviously I've omitted some of the things teenagers are interested in that they shouldn't be, we really don't need to talk about “twerking” and the like. (I'll let you look up twerking.) No generation is perfect, don't let them tell you they are. Everyone makes mistakes but hopefully finds out in time. You don't want to spend a lifetime trying to correct the mistakes you made as a teenager. Now is the time to start learning things that will help later on in life. No, I'm not preaching, just trying to make sense and you shouldn't preach to your teenager either. Try to understand them and relate a little to what does interest them.
“The young always have the same problem - how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another.”— Quentin Crisp
What's Good for Today's Teens?
How many teenagers do you know who play in the band or orchestra at school? Its good for them now and teaches them discipline for the future. Yes, simply playing an instrument can be good for a teen for years to come. I'm not sure you can just convince your teenager this when he gets to high school but if he's been around music or one of his parents plays an instrument, he has a better chance. How about reading? You don't have to read an actual “paper” book, you can use a Kindle or Nook, some use an iPad. An eReader is a great way to carry around your “book”, these things let teens read and still feel cool. Ask a teenager if they read “The Hunger Games”, “Divergent”, or “Insurgent” or just saw the movies? The movies were good but still left things out that you can find only in the books. Books really drag you in and make you feel like you're right there when you're reading. Once a teenager discovers the power of reading they'll be hooked for life and so many are. Its hard to believe in the technological world but there are still teenagers reading.
Speaking of movies, have you seen “The Duff”? Definitely a teenage movie but a book first. By the way, Duff stands for (Designated Ugly Fat Friend), I'm sure you can fill in the blanks on this one.
What about teenagers that influence the world? Teenagers like Malala Yousufzai who was shot by the Taliban when she was fourteen years old for promoting female education, continued her crusade after she was shot and went on to win a Nobel Peace Prize, or M'one Davis who at thirteen pitched a shut-out game at the Little League World Series and was then the first Little Leaguer on the cover of Sports Illustrated. These young women show a different side of what teenagers are interested in and prove that teenagers are interested in the world around them.
So let them hang out, enjoy their social media and cell phones, play their video games and dye their hair, but, talk to them and tell them to watch the world around them. Try to help them decide what they want to do with their future and what part you'll play. Don't let life pass them by while they're having too much fun. There are so many things teenagers are interested in, I haven't listed half of them. I'm sure you could list so many more and as you're reading this you're thinking of them in your head and wondering why I left out this or that. Do you even know what an Emojii is? They're actually the little Japanese smileys and other little icons you see starting to turn up in messages or other social media devices. Thanks to the Japanese there are now tons of emojiis to choose from. I know there are teenagers interested in world events or the future of the planet. There are teenagers interested in making this a better world to live in. Teenagers are our future and they know it. Their interests vary from teenager to teenager but I know there is no need for us to worry about our future. Teenagers intrinsically know what is good for them and for the world.
They may go through their own “crazy” periods but teenagers are interested, interested in so many things. If someone asked a teenager, “What are teenagers interested in?” what do you think their answer would be?
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The internet has been a boon and a curse for teenagers.— J. K. Rowling
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