What Are Teenagers Interested In?

Teens using cell phones.
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Do you know what teenagers are interested in?

  • Yes, I have teenagers and I see it every day.
  • I know some of the things.
  • I had no idea.
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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:

  • Snapchat

  • Vine and Instagram

  • Ask.fm

  • Twerking

  • Converse sneakers

  • Pokemon

  • Minecraft

  • Gears of War

  • Call of Duty

  • Electronic Dance Music

  • Waiting for college

  • Fashion

  • Miley Cyrus

  • Girls coloring their hair pink or blue or purple

  • Big eyebrows

  • Emojiis

  • Hanging out at the Mall

  • Superheroes

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
Teens are interested in their Country.
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Playing in the orchestra. | Source

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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45 comments

DJ Anderson 21 months ago

Hi, Mary,

I sent you an e-mail joke about the book, "5o Shades of Gray".

Did you get it?

Good article on teens. I miss all the teen using my house as a hang out.

That was many years ago, as my son is in his 30's. Many would come by

years later to introduce me to their girlfriend and ask for feedback.

I have step grandchildren, now. Because of distance, we don't get to see them but a few times a year. It is hard to have a conversation with them as they keep their head in their phones, texting.

I have no idea what teens are interested in. By the time I familiarize

myself with the latest, they will be on to something new.

Good information, Mary.

DJ.


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Jodah 21 months ago from Queensland Australia

Hi Mary, I found this a very interesting hub. My kids are no longer teenagers, but some of my grandkids are. I know about most of these things on your list, but there is a couple that are new to me. Emojis and Vine for instance, though you explained emojis. My son and grandsons tried to get me interested in Minecraft but they haven't succeeded. I can't get interested in a world of blocks. Thick eyebrows is obviously a fashion fad...but I don't get that either..looks crazy to me, but I'm old. Voted up.


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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York Author

Don't see your email but don't know your email to look for. When did you send it?

You certainly hopped on this hub quickly! I know what you mean but though my children are grown I'm just growing out of teenage grandchildren and have two little ones that won't be there for a while.

As for the cell phones, the texting has spread beyond teenagers for sure. Thanks so much for reading.

John a lot of things start looking crazy to us as we get older. Isn't it scary how we sometimes sound like our parents or grandparents? I know Minecraft is certainly strange. Thanks for stopping by, I wrote this one on a whim.


DJ Anderson 21 months ago

Mary, I just send the joke in a private e-mail. It should show up on your profile page as a number 1 near your name.

I have not read the book, but someone told me that you had read it.

I thought it was too good a joke not to pass along.

DJ.


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billybuc 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

Bev's daughter is seventeen so I'm up on my teen speak. I have only to remember my teen years and my parents' confusion to understand this article. Nice work my friend. Sending you wishes for a warm and productive Wednesday.


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois

Mary, I'm so out of touch with teenagers. I have no idea what they like these days. I do know that my grandchildren live on their cell phones. ( I'm pretty sure they do not call them cell phones. ) I love it when I hear they've read a book, and I'm shocked! Thank's for filling us in on the new trends. Maybe they'll think I'm cool when I can answer a question. sigh. Fun hub. Enjoyed.


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bravewarrior 21 months ago from Central Florida

Mary, times change so quickly. My son is now 22, but it wasn't so long ago when he was a teenager. However, I don't know what many of the things are you listed. I do know Pokeman. My son was into that big time. He played the video games and collected the cards. In fact, his notebook full of everything Pokeman still sits on a bookshelf in my office.

My son joined JROTC when he was in high school. He was in it for all four years. It did wonders for him and his attitude. By the time he graduated, he was an officer with many decorations and accolades. He was also on the JROTC drill team. Watching him in action was truly amazing. He's made me a very proud mama.


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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York Author

Got it Pam and sent a reply, thank you.

No matter who the teens are Bill, we wind up confused at some point or another. Warm Wednesday weather coming before another temperature drop. Productive, I hope so. Blessings my friend.

I know Ruby, once you're kids are grown these things can seem so foreign! Glad you enjoyed.

Sha, you must be so proud. My son went into the National Guard in College and is now an officer. I know the pride from whence you speak. Good luck to him (and you).


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CatherineGiordano 21 months ago from Orlando Florida

Our culture changes so fast that our teens live in a different world than their parents lived in as teenagers. Especially me because I was 40 years older than my teen. He was as much my teacher about the world as I was his. Voted up+++


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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York Author

I think each generation faces that problem Catherine, regardless of how old the parents are. Certainly younger parents can get be closer to the trends but they still have a learning curve. Thanks for the votes.


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DDE 21 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Teenagers have great interests. It is not always easy to keep up with teenagers. I do know what teenagers like and share.


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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York Author

You are so right DD.


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pstraubie48 21 months ago from sunny Florida

Perhaps the answer is EVERYTHING but it is just a different set of everythings depending on which teen with whom you speak.

I can (almost) remember back to my teens year and the world was my apple...everything was of interest at least for an hour or two.

Great hub

Thanks for sharing Angels are on the way to you this afternoon ps


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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York Author

It's funny Patricia some teenagers are listed in everything while others are interested in nothing. Thanks for the angels!


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MartieCoetser 21 months ago from South Africa

Oh my goodness! Every generation comes forward with something new, and so adults learn (shock after shock) what they never thought could happen on this planet.

Twerking! Good grief! LMAO!

And even music - not one generation ever copy a previous. New styles, new beats....

Thanks to teenagers life will never be boring, and parenthood will always be one helluva challenge :)

What next? What are still possible?

Thanks for an interesting perspective on teenagers, Mary!


John Crawford 21 months ago

Emojii is Japanese for emoticons. Those were around back when I first used the internet some 15 to 20 odd years ago. Pokemon was on the Game Boy and Game Boy Color back then. But I was more for Final Fantasy, which I remember having the original NES game. Now, there's been two online versions of it, neither of which I have played. As it is, most between their teens and twenties seem more interested in Minecraft and Skyrim than anything else. The only thing I like about Minecraft is it shows the old 8-bit and 16-bit styles I grew up with still have some interest among teens.

Another thing interesting is how, since about the mid to late 2000s Japanese kawaii styles still seem to be of interest to some teens. Anime seems to remain a curiosity that seems to rival the popularity of comics still as well. There are some decent anime that have cute, funny, and even insightful messages in them. They're not all about guns, mechs, and insanely unrealistic huge boobs. Just like comics aren't all about spandex, ripped muscles men, and unrealistic hard bodied and big breasted babes. Sure, you can find such cliches, but you can find some gems out there too. And some teens are smart enough to figure out what is what there. They know it all already, right? ;)


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fpherj48 21 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Til.....My exposure to teens these days is fairly limited, other than what I may catch out in public. My granddaughter is 25 & well-over the teen terrors.....her brother is 19, but he's a quiet, hard-working & artistic kid who doesn't say a whole lot. The next "group" is coming up since my next grandchild in age is 13......with a trail of cousins plus his little brother right behind him.

I'm thinking of running away from home before they ALL become teenagers. I'm sure they won't even notice that Gram Dawg is gone!

This hub is extremely interesting, Til.....you have such courage! LOL...you're like my hero. What I can tell you is.....not for one speck of a second have I missed those teen years (with my boys) Once we all made it through alive and in one piece, I knew I'd better not push my luck!!! The "BIG EYEBROWS" cracked me up, GF!!! LOL UP++++ tweeted & pinned.


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bdegiulio 21 months ago from Massachusetts

Hi Mary. My kids are grown and the grandkids are still young so no teenagers here. This probably explains why I've never heard of some of the things you listed that teenagers are interested in, guess I have some work to do before they get here. Great hub.


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Sunshine625 21 months ago from Orlando, FL

Wow...reading through the list I found myself nodding my head to what I was interested in! Lol I passed on Pokemon, never got into that. Faith is 8 years old and she is into quite a bit of the list such as Minecraft and Pokemon. My family consists of all ages...they either grow up too quickly or don't grow up at all! :)


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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York Author

So true Martie, we've gone from the Charleston to Twerking! Who knows what's next? Teenagers will always keep us on our toes, like it or not.

John you've made good points. A lot of 'grown ups' can't get the Minecraft thing because of the 8 and 16 bit style. Some of the Anime is totally beautiful. We always have to look for the good, its there somewhere.

So good to see you my dear Effer. The 13 year old is the one who will drag you into this kicking and screaming but going all the same. Oh they'll notice Gram Dawg, I'm sure you can't go anywhere without them noticing. I really wouldn't want to go back to the teen years with my kids either, I could write a hub about that, oh wait, I did write one about my son....I know can you believe big eyebrows? We used to pluck away and here they are filling them in! Thanks for the votes and shares GF.

Bill, you'll learn as your grand kids grow up. It won't be long.

Linda the last part of your last sentence certainly says it all, "they either grow up too quickly or don't grow up at all!"


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Frank Atanacio 21 months ago from Shelton

Til, this is a wonderful share although my kids past the teenager years.. I found it challenging.. and the headaches I got was worth it to see them become responisble adults.. I try to be there for them and be there when they hurt the most.. phew.. can't do it again.. this is a must read and should be hub of the day...Frank


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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York Author

Frank I'm sure your kids appreciate the father you are and they'll appreciate it even more when they have teens of their own. I'm with you, I certainly wouldn't want to do it again but there were times when it was a fun ride. How else would I have met the likes of Jon Bon Jovi or Sammy Hagar? I seriously drove around singing "I Can't Drive 55"! Sammy and I were born the same year, you do the math ;) Have a good one my friend.


John Crawford 21 months ago

True, Mary, though adults are just as diverse as teens. I remember when I was younger being so into Nintendo that I subscribed to the Nintendo Power magazine for most of the 90s. They used to talk about how parents and grandparents (who would be today's grandparents and great grandparents if still alive) who used to play games like Tetris and Super Mario Bros with their grand kids and how sharing in the game experience was a positive thing for building bridges between generation gaps.

It's odd to me how some seem to make current online gaming as something of crawling up into one's hobbit hole as if that social and generational encounter is no longer possible. It actually can be, but on a larger scale. Especially with MMORPGs, you can wind up playing with people all across the world. This can be exciting and scary all at the same time. For even though we had the technology in the 80's and 90's to connect people online, it really hadn't become a global mainstream phenomenon since until these past two decades of the new millennium. So I think that's one of the major differences we have now, which comes with its own pros and cons.


John Crawford 21 months ago

Would also add that the ol' 8-bit and 16-bit game monsters weren't as scary looking as today's more realistic CGI ones. o.O;


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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York Author

True John, online gaming has brought a whole new world to gamers. BTW I play Super Mario with my six year old grandson!


Lesleysherwood 21 months ago

Excellent hub. All I can say is one word, "KEVIN." If you YouTube 'Kevin becomes a teenager - BBC comedy' you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. LOL


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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York Author

Thanks Lesley I will certainly check it out.


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CorneliaMladenova 21 months ago from Cork, Ireland

Thanks a lot for this hub. Absolutely agree with you, I have a teenager daughter. The only one in the list she is not interested in is Miley Cyrus. She was her fan when she was ten but not now. :)


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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York Author

Wow Cornelia, my oldest grandchildren are 18 and up so I still have a bit of a connection but I'm surprised to learn I was so close. Thanks for stopping by!


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manatita44 21 months ago from london

A boon and a curse, the internet, indeed! Perhaps the curse is greater!

You've covered this quickly developing dilemma with teens very well. Mines are more into cell phones, and the latest aps, and the average man or woman nowadays, apparently spend 3 hours a day on phones. Yet alone kids! A sweet problem for parents.


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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York Author

So true Manatita. It seems anymore that a cell phone is a new appendage to any teenager. The latest aps keep them interested and moving on to the next ap!


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Genna East 21 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

Wow, Mary…am I ever out of touch with what teenagers want today. I wholeheartedly agree with your ending paragraphs (this is how we raised our son);what positive steps parents can take to satisfy some of their curiosities, interests and energies, while staying involved in their lives. Excellent article, Mary.


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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York Author

Thanks Genna. Staying interested and involved is the best way for a parent to survive their teenagers while helping them along the way.


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aviannovice 21 months ago from Stillwater, OK

Teens really haven't changed much since the dawn of time. We all went through our rebellious stages, "knowing more" than adults, and trying to do what we felt like. The hormonal processes had a strong pull, and still do nowadays, but every year, so many more dangerous things turn up for our youth. May heaven help them if they can successfully navigate through the toughest of times in their lives. This was a great piece, and shows us that we all really do remember our teen years, the fads, and the things that our parents never knew about.


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alexadry 21 months ago from USA

This was a very useful read for parents of teens and helping teens through this phase. As a teenager, I was quite introvert focusing on my animals, reading books and painting. I could count on my hands the number of friends I had and was never really popular. Voted up and useful.


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Uzochukwu Mike 21 months ago from Oba

As a teenager, I spend most of my time with my phone and computer connected to the internet. In addition, we like flashy and expensive materials.


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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York Author

So true Deb and parents always look at their teens and what they're doing and scratch their heads. Things are more dangerous today thanks to the Internet. God help them get through their teens.

Alexadry, every teenager is different and that's what makes it so difficult for parents. A slight leg up is always a help.

Uzochukwu, that is certainly a sign of the times, the computer and the Internet. We can only hope they see past the dangers.


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PegCole17 21 months ago from Dallas, Texas

It was an education reading about these things that are trending with the teens. What an interesting list of surprising topics, at least, some of them. The new generation has so many different aspects of communication than we did and yet they seem to talk less and type more. How odd. Emojii, who knew? Any signs of interest in health or going vegan?


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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York Author

Teens are always a challenge Peg and this generation is no exception. Yes, there are some vegetarians and some vegans. Teens are often forerunners though we sometimes don't notice it.


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Peggy W 20 months ago from Houston, Texas

I am very much out of the loop as to knowing what teenagers like except knowing that many of them are just about attached to their cell phones. Times have certainly changed since I was a teenager back in the Dark Ages. No cell phones back then and no personal computers. Ha!


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tillsontitan 20 months ago from New York Author

Peggy I know what you mean. We hadn't even heard about computers and when we finally did they were mainframes the size of a room!


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Glimmer Twin Fan 19 months ago

I have a soon to be teen and have learned all sorts of things. She is not allowed to have snapchat, fb is no longer that popular with teens and she loves to play in the school orchestra, just to name a few. It's a tough time for teens and I'm glad I'm not one anymore.


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tillsontitan 19 months ago from New York Author

You're so right Glimmer. There's just so much out there! Great that she plays in the orchestra.


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prairieprincess 17 months ago from Canada

You hit it right on. I work in a middle school, and all of the things you mention are correct. We had to ban electronics because they were so distracted by their phones, and taking pictures of each other, that it was hard to concentrate on work. Great hub!


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tillsontitan 17 months ago from New York Author

If a middle school teacher thinks I got it right then I know I must be. Thank you Prairieprincess.

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