Exposing The Ignorant, Dangerous, Things Teenage Boys Do For a Pretty Girl's Attention

Using the vain look to make girls chase him.
Using the vain look to make girls chase him.
He uses the old "one rose" gag to touch her heart.
He uses the old "one rose" gag to touch her heart.

It's rough being a teenage guy.

It's tough enough being a teenager in a society that changes almost on a whim. It's changing faster now than when I was a teenager fighting and desperately-needing to be accepted by someone, somehow and somewhere. And I am totally-serious.

Teenage girls and boys both fight a daily battle in today's world that us adults can only imagine. It's much tougher now than it was in the 1960's and 70's. There is more peer pressure to do and say things that are harmful to the teens as well as the people around them. And the teens under pressure are afraid to say "no" for they fear that they will be treated as outcasts and not be a member of some popular clique.

With this being said, let me ask you, "is it tougher on girls or boys to be popular and accepted?" I would love to see the ratio between the two groups. I suppose it's all in how we look at it. But for me and my time, it was the boys who had a tough time being popular and making a name for themselves.

One huge mistake teenage guys make is trying to come off having sexual prowess when they are with girls.
One huge mistake teenage guys make is trying to come off having sexual prowess when they are with girls.

Other things teen boys do to impress girls:

Walking across high places.
Walking across high places.
Acting like he can fix anything.
Acting like he can fix anything.
Trying to be a comic.
Trying to be a comic.
Volunteering for military service.
Volunteering for military service.
Acting cute.
Acting cute.
Acting like he is with the "in" crowd.
Acting like he is with the "in" crowd.
Trying to be the center of attention.
Trying to be the center of attention.
Being a he-man and showing off what muscles he has.
Being a he-man and showing off what muscles he has.
Acting childish to make pretty girls think he is a sensitive guy.
Acting childish to make pretty girls think he is a sensitive guy.
Juggling fire.
Juggling fire.
Jumping from high places on a dare.
Jumping from high places on a dare.

That is why I entitled this piece . . .

Exposing The Ignorant, Dangerous, Things Teenage Boys Do For a Pretty Girl's Attention

  • Biting the bottle cap from a soda to prove how strong his teeth are. Can you say "Dental visit?"
  • Entering a pasture where a majestic bull resides. Then challenging the beast to charge him. Son, you are not in Mexico, but the United States. And did it ever occur to you that you have not had one hour's worth of bull-fighting experience?
  • Walking blindfolded, in the night, over a narrow passageway that is high above a creek or river.
  • Eating as many Jalapeno peppers at one time to show a pretty girl that he "can take it."
  • Stowing-away on a diesel rig on its way to a far-away state. This foolish gesture to the boy doing it, should make any pretty girl think of him as a dare-devil. But in all reality, she sees him as a fool.
  • Taking a can or bottle of beer and chugging it without taking it down from his mouth.
  • The girl and some friends build a huge bonfire and dare this teenage boy to not just run into the fire, but stand in the middle of it for 10 seconds.
  • On a dare, the boy who is eager to impress a pretty girl is told to walk up to the class bully and call him names such as: "Sissy," "Panty-waist," and a "Mama's boy."
  • Visiting a traveling carnival and riding the most-dangerous ride in the place. Yeah. A boy on his all-fours vomiting his insides out on the ground is surely impressive to the girls staring at him with a "I can't believe he was so stupid to do that," look on their faces.
  • Going out for football knowing that he is way too light for this sport.
  • Telling a sexy girl, "I can sky-dive just as good without a parachute." And then she replies, "Great. I would love to see that."
  • Jumping from the roof of one building to the other and them both really high. Uhh, friend. You are certainly not trying to be "Peter Parker," aka "Spider-Man," are you?

(Note: the above 12 things that boys do to impress girls are the ignorant, dangerous things. Below are 12 daily things that are also considered ignorant and yes, sometimes dangerous).

  • Staring out in space when the girl he is trying to impress is with her girlfriends. This is his "deep in thought" look.
  • Trying to say cute, two-word phrases in order to appear cool. All he is doing is gaining a reputation for being a "class laughing stock."
  • Wearing clothes that do not match as his way of being a loner and trend-setter. One who "follows the beat of his own drummer."
  • Showing up unannounced at this pretty girl's home and getting ran off by her dad who happens to be retired from the Marine Corps. as a major who was known for his hatred of surprises.
  • Wearing a bottle of loud cologne every day to school.
  • Wearing a different hairstyle every day of the week.
  • Bombarding the pretty girl's locker with so many love letters and notes that she has to get the school janitor to help her clean them out just so she can get to her books.
  • Gently nibbling on her neck in the cafeteria during lunch while he and she are sitting with her friends. Then he suddenly stops and announces, "Yeah, she is my girl." To which the girl and her girlfriends look at him with stunned faces.
  • Showing up where she and another guy she has went out with are enjoying a good movie and trying to bully her date into backing down and leaving.
  • Giving the pretty girl a couple of pints of his blood in jars with pretty ribbons tied around them.
  • He takes the line, "Yeah, she is my girl," to probably the most-embarrassing level of all-time by paying the student who makes the morning announcements at school to get lost while "he" says this line to the entire student body, but this time, adds the girl's name.
  • Tries to walk on his hands like a circus performer to impress this hot girl while she is walking home from school.

I would say more, but suddenly I now feel very depressed.


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thumbi7 17 months ago from India

Yes I have two teenage daughters. I know they are under a lot of pressure. They don't want to do anything odinary. Even their peers have high expectations about them


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kenneth avery 17 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

thumbi7,

My friend, you are a blessed person. Two? I have one. She is now a married woman with three wonderful grandkids who are my life. One is 14, one is 11 and the smallest one is 8. They always keep me wondering about life.

I know what my smallest grandchild will do if a guy tries any of these things to impress her. She will either walk away or get in his face and tell him just how senseless he is.

I dread it for the guys.

Thanks for the comment. And if you aren't a follower, I cordially invite you to be one today. I would appreciate it.

Kenneth


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DWDavisRSL 17 months ago from Eastern NC

I will admit I did some poorly thought out things to try and impress girls when I was a teenage boy. And I will admit that none of them worked. It was when I stopped trying to impress them and was myself that I got the kind of attention I was longing for. Still friends with my post-stupid-self high school girlfriend.


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Missy Smith 17 months ago from Florida

Hello Kenneth, this article really caught my eye as I was scanning your work. I have a teenage daughter, and I have had the conversation of not degrading yourself just to join a certain group or clique. She has been a straight-A student since Pre-K. Actually, she got best all around at her little Pre-K graduation. I feel pressured to make sure she knows the dangers of peer pressure, as, I also fell victim to doing things, I would probably not do as a teenager due to this type of pressure.

I know this article was to bring up front and teach teenaged boys the unnecessary things they do, but I got so much just from the first few paragraphs. The dangerous and daily thing's teenaged boys do was also very informative, and I found myself giggling and shaking my head a bit. It's just amazing what goes through their heads. Wow, very good hub!


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kenneth avery 17 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

DWDavis RSL,

You, my friend, are a true philosopher of life. You are still friends with that girlfriend who thought you did not like her because you were such a gentleman?

Amazing is what you are. And where were you when I tried to catch that post-ignorant stuff. I will share one with you.

A buddy of mine and I traveled to a town far away from our hometown one Friday night and we owned this small burger joint. We were dressed "to the nines" and had the kids there thinking we were from the DEA and I had a date planned with a pretty girl named Debbie a waitress. She had the prettiest blond hair and a smile that would melt the heart of satan.

I wish now that I had not told her these con games.

Now this was mega-stupid of me.

Thanks for your pity and leaving me a comment.


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kenneth avery 17 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear Missy,

Thank you so much for your kind remarks about this piece. May I say that from this comment it sounds like you are worrying too much about how you are teaching your daughter, who needs congratulating for her great work.

I think you are doing all the right things with her. I have, had, a daughter. She is now a married woman with three kids and all of them are like your daughter. Straight A's and B's and one of them if they make below an A, they get depressed.

And I am glad that something I wrote made you laugh. That should be my calling in life to just make people laugh.

Hadn't you rather laugh than cry?

Just a thought. And you come back anytime you like. Please tell your daughter that one of your friends on HubPages is very proud of her.

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